Tank Man

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Tank Man

 

Here is a tank

Rumbling across a vast expanse

A square

 

Here is a man

White shirt

Black trousers

A shopping bag in each hand

 

He steps before the tank

Raises his hand

Palm out

Stop!

 

And the tank stops

 

Manoeuvres

The man alters his position

Manoeuvres

The man climbs onto the tank

Talks to those in the tank

 

Here are two men

Officials

They grab the man

They haul him away

 

Imprisoned?

Executed?

No Name

 

Here is a hero

A rebel

A man

 

A fleeting moment

An image of a time

And place

 

Here is a man

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◄ Magyk

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 10th May 2020 16:18

Thanks Martin - glad you liked it.
I think we all like to think that we could be Tank Man - but very few of us are. I think you have to be totally committed to a cause and - yes - a lit bit mad to do it
thanks again for commenting - I appreciate it mate
Ian

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Martin Elder

Sat 9th May 2020 21:52

In every situation like this there seems to be a tank man. That one defiant individual who is insensed by what is happening enough to meet all that is going on full on. superb poem Ian

Nice one mate

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