Lest we forget #june4


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Whenever I feel lost I dive into my earliest memories involving a profound sense of purpose. The first time I learned about what my parents, along with hundreds of thousands of fellow HongKongers, did to support that very movement in Beijing, and, what eventually happened at the end.

It was the first time I saw that image of the man who fearlessly stood in the way of a column of tanks, his name and fate remain unknown.

It was also the first time I realized, standing solemnly amid a sea of flickering candlelight, that there are things far greater than our own existence.

Voices that have been reverberating throughout the past 26 years. Memories that live on. The enduring pursuit that passes through the generations.

We don’t call ourselves Chinese and we surely don’t consider ourselves patriotic, for the definition of our nation remains disputed, and yet what holds us together is, after all, a shared vision for justice and democracy. A belief in humanity.

In memory of those whose lives, albeit in death, continue to ignite the dark.

Lest we forget.

A lone demonstrator stands down a line of Chinese PLA tanks along Changan Ave. near the edge of Tiananmen Square. Beijing 1989. © Charlie Cole
A lone demonstrator stands down a line of Chinese PLA tanks along Changan Ave. near the edge of Tiananmen Square. Beijing 1989. © Charlie Cole

legco

不是生者是死者
在末日般殷紅的天空下
結伴而行
苦難引導著苦難
恨的盡頭是恨
泉水乾涸,大火連綿
回去的路更遠
不是上帝是孩子
在鋼盔與鋼盔撞擊的
聲音中祈禱
母親孕育了光明
黑暗孕育了母親

石頭滾動,鐘錶倒轉
日蝕已經出現
不是肉體是靈魂
每年一起再過一次生日
你們有同樣的年齡
愛為死者締造了
永久的聯盟
你們緊緊擁抱
在長長的死亡名單中

    --北島 〈悼亡〉

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