Silence Is A Crime

When a stray zebra is attacked by lions
Others in the herd flee at a full gallop
While a pack of wild boars are threatened
They'll launch a counter-attack to defend
Their weak and young. The different attitude
Has the different outcome

That an evil abuser can commit crimes
Over many years is often because some victims
Have felt ashamed, kept quiet and given in
Only 'til a brave heart stands up in public
Many come out and shout #MeToo. It's a little late
Little late as large scale damages have occurred

Can't wait 'til a father has been executed
For mistakenly killing a government demolisher of his home
Can't wait 'til a mother has been murdered by the police
Helped by gangsters 'cause she defended her right and sought justice
Can't wait 'til a husband has been kidnapped, tortured and secretly jailed
Can't wait 'til undergraduates have vanished
Can't wait 'til lungs have turned dark full of industrial dust. It's too late
Too late as many lives have already or will be lost

Shout when encountering thieves or shoplifters
Shout when facing sex abusers
Shout when suffering from the illegal law enforcement
Tell the world when a tyranny is brainwashing and fabricating facts
Tell the world when an autocratic regime is pushing its hidden agendas
Tell the world when rich rogues are buying conscience
Tell the world communism is the same as fascism, and communists nazis
The human suffering continues as long as communazis are in existence


By Yiyan Han(c)
2018-01-20

by Yiyan Han

Comments (13)

I am moved by this brilliant piece of work that addresses a very sensible issue....a very timely voice against social injustice happening in many different parts of the world: Shout when suffering from the illegal law enforcement/Tell the world when a tyranny is brainwashing and fabricating facts/Tell the world when an autocratic regime is pushing its hidden agendas/Tell the world when rich rogues are buying conscience.....i appreciate the brilliant expression! Thanks for sharing!
It is vibrantly obvious that you are passionate about not reporting what you witness or what violence has happened to you. When a poet feels strongly his poem shouts from the roof-tops. 10
Undeniable truth- though the bravery required to protest is hardly common in our day. We have had more than one generation raised spoiled, self-centered and woefully ignorant. I do, however, applaud your noble efforts. Who knows, you may yet strike a chord with the walking dead?
As geetha mam had told, The crime should never be encouraged. Even the juvenile crime is getting higher now a days. Nice poem.
Yiyan, this is a poem that is bold yet beautiful. Crime is a crime, it cannot be hidden or encouraged. It is not only the person who commits the crime is at fault, but also the persons who silently watches it. The human suffering has to be voiced and condemned. Very well written Yiyan.
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