Recorded by Karina Lutz
“Some remember, but say nothing.” (1)
When the cost of honouring the pain is
persecution and years in jail, you are left
with the option to self-censor your grieving,
or to put yourself or others at risk.
When silencing becomes survival tactic,
you realize mourning is a privilege.
Written on the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong
July 1, 2022
(1) Quoting the ending line of the article “An Anatomy of Erasure: how a free and open Hong Kong became a police state,” in The Economist published on July 1, 2022.
The author is from Hong Kong, and wishes to remain anonymous as per the content of the poem.
Thank you for this reminder of the privilege I have, being free to express my distress for the world. Though I cannot know you, your message and the forced silence of those close to you will stay in my heart whenever I exercise that privilege, Honouring My Pain for the World.