square dance grandma (like you did with chairman mao)

There is not even silence in the mountains
But dry sterile thunder without rain

~

they have silenced
the grandmothers

this
is no small thing

these old women
have been through
revolution

they have been through . . .

everything

and
they have borne
their children

earnt
their chops

and so

they take over
the parkland

they take
the gardens

they turn
on
their music . . .

loud

yes
it is loud

and
they square dance
just like they did
in the old days

young people
know
nothing

young people
don’t care

young people . . .

let them
listen
to the music

oh yeah

oh yeah

square dance
my grandma

square dance
ok

square dance
you
revolution mama

square dance
until
I call the police
to shut
your noise down

who –
after all –
who
do you think
you are

~

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/08/chinas-noisy-dancing-grannies-silenced-by-device-that-disables-speakers

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