Whose Time Is Next?

This is the first version of “Remembering Li, a Tienanmen Activist”, published in Radius.

WHOSE TIME IS NEXT? by Tammy Ho
(Remembering Li Wangyang, a labour activist.)

He is gone.
His manner of death
does not add up.

Who in this nation
owns the time?
Who has the final say?

Not the people. Not him –
Blinded and half deafened.
He must also be ‘made dead’.

He’s been turned into a symbol
for democratic fighting.
Even the blind can see, deaf hear.

He hanged himself.
The official would have us believe
he tied his bed sheet into a noose

and improvised his death.
Whose time is up next?
Another who is not afraid?

6 June 2012

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