Poems of the Week


by Alex Steelsmith

“Xi Jinping… mourned for the compatriots killed Friday in a train derailment in Taiwan and sent his sincere condolences on Saturday to the families…”
China Daily

“The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy…”
AP News

Tragedy strategy
President Xi Jinping,
offering sympathy,
doesn’t hold back,

though his ambition to
crush their democracy’s
staying on track.