Roy Lee

Rookie (Sydney, Australia)

Blog From Ai Weiwei - Poem by Roy Lee

Looked at the blog from Ai Weiwei
Go elsewhere the censors say.

Twelve days past the first of May,
Where now do the children lay?
Those that died that dreadful day
The tofu crumbling as they play.

Five autumns now the mothers pray
For bodies buried under Sichuan clay.
Suffer the mothers who daily pay
Tears torn in silent stoic display.

'So sorry' there's no right to disobey.
No rights for a dissident to portray
Wrongs or crimes of authority's decay
Unseen the blogger's censored dossier.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Perhaps the work that contributed most to Weiwei's imprisonment and the destruction of his studio was his investigation of corruption in the construction of the schools that collapsed during the 12th May,2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. Like many others, Weiwei investigated how improper material and the contravention of civil engineering laws led to the wholesale destruction of schools (which led in turn to the deaths of thousands of children trapped within them) (Khan Academy 2011) His blog was closed by the authorities in 2009. When opened now it suggest visiting other blogs.

For futher references and more about Ai Weiwei and his art see http: //

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 31, 2012

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