Allegra Silberstein, ‘How Many’ – Honorable Mention

How Many

by Allegra Silberstein

How many words will need to find print
to show the truth of their way of life?
How many days imprisoned with no hint
of the causes for treatment sharp as a knife?

How many cries to the world to hear
how the CCP brings torture to those
who practice their faith of peace and appear
with deep compassion in the way they chose?

How many candles need to shine bright
around the world telling the story
of the Falun Gong and their peaceful light. . .
what happens to them could be you or me.

So many times lust for power brings death.
Let us speak for justice with every breath.

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Recognized as an Honorable Mention in FoFG’s 2021 Poetry Contest