(Sunday, June 4th, 1989)
It started peacefully, a word,
All they wanted was to be heard.
They marched unarmed, they laughed and sang,
In the square several thousand voices rang.
They pitched their tents and laid out beds,
In hopes to turn world leaders heads.
Gorbachev came, the press behind,
He kept to himself what was in his mind.
He swiftly left, the press core stayed,
Caught by where the worlds eyes had strayed.
Again they said they wished to speak,
The students, workers, the brave and the meek.
We listened gladly to their plea,
For freedom and democracy.
Beijing listened not quite so well,
Quietly dismayed by this growing swell.
The army, called by Deng Xiaoping,
Kept in the dark by those ruling;
Came to stop and were stopped in turn,
As students brought knowledge for them to learn.
Army Generals, a very few,
Who's HONOR told them what to do;
Swore that they would not raise a hand,
To strike down a person in their own land.
The U.S. cheered the students on,