Saturday, April 15, 2017

When China Speaks in "American"

by Jim Rapp

Where is the city on the hill,
the bastion of righteousness,
freedom's repository, the haven
for the ragged, harried throng?

The lights are fading; fading fast
in London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin –
east to west democracy's sun is setting;
Liberty's torch is flickering again.

Xi Jinping, in non-native English,
warns, "A cloud is growing over Korea,"
shaming the superficial, bellicosity
uttered by the grammar-challenged one.

When will someone – anyone – rise to say,
"The emperor has no clothes!";
that even Xi Jinping, speaking in "American,"
declares truth Trump's words cannot articulate?

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