Posts in "Elkun poems"

Chimenqush – a flower bird

Chimenqush
Chimengul Awut she is a well known Uyghur (female) poet and. Her pen name is “Chimenqush” (a flower bird). She worked for Kashgar Uyghur Publishers as a senior editor before she was taken away to the China’s Concentration Camps in July 2018. She’s good friend of mine, last time I have spoken with her on the phone in August 2016. Here is her shortest poem written for her son on 17th July 2018 before her arrest. Poem extracted from her WeChat page. 

She wrote:

“My dear son
Please don’t cry
The whole world will cry for you!” 

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New Year, how can I salute you today?

Aziz Isa Elkun

Year!
Once more you have passed
I have no desire for a new one
Because you brought with you unbearable oppression for my people
Countless friends have disappeared
The humiliation of the Uyghurs reached its peak
All the lovers of freedom thrown into jail
No tears fall from our nation’s eyes without blood
But the world pretends to be blind …
They sell their humanity for profit
If this is what you offer me as a gift
How can I salute you today, New Year?

Year!
You thief of life since ancient times!
That’s why Lutun(1) answered you without fear
The enemy’s sword could not kill us all
But the Uyghurs were hardened
Became heroes on the battle field
Without being defeated!

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The British winter

Aziz Isa Elkun

The British winter
is wildest at the sea shore
A day here begins and ends –
Though it seems green everywhere
The Sun shines a little bit around breakfast
Then non stop changes follow …
First sudden storms,
Then showers and we are covered with dark clouds
Falls rain, hail, snow and so on …
No description about the nasty wind.
That’s why we all wear hoodies
Plus warm hats
Then the Sun comes out
With a big smile before it says farewell
The day finally ends with a rainbow
Just at the dusk
Before it sinks to the ocean.

12 February 2018, South Molton, UK