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Surrender, young women!
If you don’t want your black hair to turn a poison blue
If you don’t want to become an anonymous body stripped naked drifting
  on the sea
You shall let the armed policeman hurt you with fatherly authority & tear
  off your mask
To expose your real self before you can offer your youth to submission.

Surrender, wasted generation!
Forget about your passion & put down your bows and petrol bombs
You shall drink, eat & seek love
Please queue up in line to capitulate.

Surrender, asylum seekers!
Even if you have chosen to become patriots
But in the name of your daughter at the middle school
In the name of the diving mask you put next to the tombstone honoring
  her death
You shall surrender, for the XL prisoner’s wear is already waiting for you!

Surrender, teachers!
The classrooms and libraries are empty as are the minds
Untold students are jailed inside Warcraft
You shall let the newspapers be owned by  the bloodstained red flag
The city is seized by silence
What are you still waiting for?

Surrender, freedom!
You shall let your soul gobble up the Lennon Wall
So many children have plunged to their death pursuing your call   
But tonight when celebrities stroll down the red carpet
They have kicked you into the sewers of Wanchai.

Ma Jian is a novelist from Hong Kong. His published works include
Beijing Coma, China Dream. He currently lives in London.

Julie O'Yang is a Europe-based Chinese writer, poet and artist. She
divides her life between Amsterdam and Copenhagen. You can join
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Previously published in Eleventh Transmission:
"A Typical Saturday" by Chella Courington.

Published March 26, 2020

Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest


by Ma Jian
(London, England, UK)

Translated into English by
Julie O'Yang
(Copenhagen, Denmark)
Eleventh Transmission: "Surrender" by Ma Jian w/ Julie O'Yang
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