Quite Without Warning

April 5, 2012
By Anonymous

Quite without warning
did you invade our city.
Little did we know,
for we are only women,
that you would pervade
both our city and our world.

Quite without warning
our emotional freedom,
our joy, was taken.
As well as our entire
life-spans, some of us.
Others lost much worse; honor.

Quite without warning
our sphere of clothes and writing
was swapped with horror.
The dead lay impaled, smashed, hung,
some by their own hand,
most by the hands of devils.

The author's comments:
This poem is in regards to the Manchu invasion of China in the 1600's.

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