Poem: The Flame

A poem inspired by the “human rights torch relay” - a global initiative to raise awareness of the ongoing persecution against Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in the lead up to the 2008 Olympic Games

We carry the flame
the torch of truth
for every heart to shine.
For the sanctity of life
and our humanity
freedom for all confined.

A light in the distance
another tide turning
the promise of brighter days.
From behind China’s doors
a ‘party’1 falling
its crimes and ruthless ways.

Where the world awakens
our rights reclaimed
new horizons, yours and mine.
We carry the flame
the torch of truth
for every heart to shine.

1. ‘party’ - the Chinese Communist Party

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