I wrote this poem a few weeks ago in response to reports on Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult. It might not be great poetry but I think it is a valid commentary on a worrisome political situation.
A SONG FOR XI JINPING
(March, 2016 – Chinese schoolchildren are encouraged to
sing songs in praise of President Xi Jinping.)
Xi Jinping is a jolly old soul
Whose Party is under his control.
He asks us all to sing a hymn
In praise of the Glorious Leader: Him.
Xi Jinping is a tough old bird
Who loves to have his praises heard
On media of every kind
To touch your heart and blow your mind.
Uncle Xi is not so nice;
He rarely offers chances twice.
His goons pack people off to jail
And extract confessions without fail.
Those folk who do decline to sing
Of the glorious rule of Xi Jingping
Soon find that life is not so great
For those who rock the ship of state.
Do you remember the Helmsman who steered the nation
Onto rocks of turmoil and grim starvation?
You’d think that China would learn to shun
The one-man rule of the Red Rising Sun.
But Xi is channeling Chairman Mao
And his cult of personality now
Daily more oppressive grows,
As every friend of China knows.
Will China ever learn to move
From under the despot’s velvet glove?
Not when schoolchildren are taught to sing
The praises of President Xi Jinping.
— John S. Major