2011年12月21日 星期三

Tiananmen by James Fenton

Tiananmen


by James Fenton



Tianamen

Is broad and clean

⋯⋯ And you can’t tell

Where the dead have been

And you can’t tell

What happened then

And you can’t speak

Of Tianamen.



You must not speak.

You must not think.

You must not dip

Your brush in ink.

You must not say

What happened then,

What happened there.

What happened there

In Tiananmen.



The cruel men

Are old and deaf

Ready to kill

But short of breath

And they will die

Like other men

And they’ll lie in state

In Tianamen.



They lie in state.

They lie in style.

Another lie’s

Thrown on the pile,

Thrown on the pile

By the cruel men

To cleanse the blood

From Tianamen.



Truth is a secret.

Keep it dark.

Keep it dark.

In our heart of hearts.

Keep it dark

Till you know when

Truth may return

To Tiananmen.



Tiananmen

Is broad and clean

And you can’t tell

Where the dead have been

And you can’t tell

When they’ll come again.

They’ll come again

To Tiananmen.



Hong Kong, 15 June 1989

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