Faculty Spotlight

Poetry: Wei Min in Wuhan

May 04, 2016 by John Freed, Ph.D.


Wei Min in Wuhan

Three small leaves
lay in her ivory hand.

She was the girl again sent down
some twenty-five years ago
to work in the North
on a tea commune.

Ten kilos a day of these
feather light leaves —
the smaller the better.

She talked about her three years of pain
and the life-long burden of the peasants.

Two girls passed us on the dusty road
arms over shoulders in the Chinese way;
their legs tied together
with a red bandanna.

Taken from Dr. John Freed’s newly released chapbook – “Our Ancestors Were Chinese Cranes” – published by Phoenix and Son Press.

About the author

John Freed

John Freed at Timberline Lodge. Photo by Stacy Alexander

Dr. John Freed is a professor of humanities and liberal studies in the School of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

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