Liu Xiaobo, Burkhard Spinnen, Engelbert Obernosterer, Shen Congwen, Conrad Busken Huet, Manuel Puig, Hildegard Knef, Guy Debord, Antoine Bodar

 

De Chinese dichter en mensenrechtenactivist Liu Xiaobo werd geboren in Changchun op 28 december 1955. Liu Xiaobo overleed op 13 juli van dit jaar op 61-jarige leeftijd. Zie ook alle tags voor Liu Xiaobo op dit blog.

 

Fifteen Years of Darkness (Fragment)

Before dawn at home in Beijing, 6/4/2004
Fifteenth anniversary offering for 6/4

15 years ago
a massacre took place at daybreak
I died then was reborn

15 years have passed
daybreak bayonets dyed red
is still a blade fixed in the eyes

15 years have passed
I still have nightmares of those departed souls
I see them soaked with blood
I write each stroke each line
as an outpouring of the tomb

15 years have passed
within the darkness of vanished freedom
I wait for the hour-hand to point to pre-
dawn’s advent of the fifteenth anniversary offering

Tonight, in this city without altar
I hope the dead souls can see my eyes
and turn my watchful gaze into the flicker of a candle flame
Not the sacrificial spirit money for the ancestors
not the raging blaze that illuminates the cold night
but memory’s nakedness
is like a bone that will not decay

15 years ago
martial-law troops besieged the Square
the military broadcast the order over and
over, a continuous transmission of gunshots and bloodthirsty news
A few hours before
the gathering crowds, the clamoring crowds
then in a blink the light was extinguished
people fled like a surge of quicksilver
leaving behind an empty void

 

 
Liu Xiaobo (28 december 1955 – 13 juli 2017)

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