Scene #2: Guangdong Province

I wonder what she felt

When she was dragged out

Of the family house

Into the dense jungle behind it

The aching, hot sun above her

 

I wonder if she heard

The rumors before the

Rovers came rolling into the village

 

The odd language

That the translator was using

 

I wonder if she could smell

The fear, confusion and hope

In the sweat rolling

Off her mother’s body

Mixing into the wet soil

 

I wonder if she could see

What happened next

Her neighbor stepping out

Into that hot midday sun

Into merciless gunfire

 

I wonder if she could taste

The screams of her village

The blood and flames in the air

As it was annihilated

And the others could only

Cower and pray in horror

To Buddha or Confucius

Hoping that that the jungle

Would provide itself a friend

From their invaders

 

I wonder what she understood

I wonder what it did to her

I wonder how it affected her

Afterall,

My PoPo was only 6 years old

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s