More favorite poems, 3

Hi everyone,

I’m glad to say that I have permission from J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, and Marilyn Singer to post the poems I described from their books. I’ll do one a day for the next three days. Sadly all three books are out of print.J. Patrick Lewis

From HEROES AND SHE-ROES by J. Patrick Lewis, published in 2005 by Dial. Posted by permission of the author.

THE UNKNOWN REBEL
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
June 5, 1989

The rulers were in hiding,
The day darkened with shame.
The Square would flood with students’ blood
Till a man without a name

Appeared from out of nowhere
With nothing on his mind
But to stop the clank of a Chinese tank
That rattled humankind.

Suppose we call him Courage,
Defiance-to-the-Bone,
The symbol of a cut above,
The One Who Stood Alone.

(c) J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved

Pat chose the narrative voice in three regular ballad stanzas to remind us of the courageous young man who, in 1989, walked into Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China and faced a tank that was grinding across the square in a demonstration of the government’s might. The young man was pulled to safety and his fate is unknown. But his act, and Pat’s poem, remind us of our “defiance-to-the-bone” need to be free.

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8 comments on “More favorite poems, 3

    • Good morning, Marty. The free world held its breath that day. I liked many poems in Pat’s collection but this one stood out for its clarion reminder of what people in oppressed countries face in order to endure.

  1. I especially am touched by your request for permission to post, and that you are friends with these great creatives. Now I too celebrate their masterpieces. And I’m not even at Highlights!
    Jeanne

    • Good morning, Jeanne! I’m happy that you are enjoying this little series. I didn’t plan it but am pleased with it and look forward to bring others over the next few days.

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