Chinese Numbers by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

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An airtight coffin
Each lifeless corpse had once held onto a breath of hope
A wish for a better life
Suffocated by greed
Was that a dream too far?
Morecambe bay 21
The devils beach
Pitch black, desperate, they waited in vain
The rushing tide unfurling,
Death a rippling length of silk flowing, fluttering, falling, covering
Their stooped work aching bodies
Pingfan 3,000 to 12,000 human experiments
Catalogued, examined from a safe distance
Prostitutes for war
Women for comfort some barely past their teens
Military sex-slaves
20,000 probably more, we may never know
Unit 731, 1644 and 100
or more plague infested bags of flesh
Ravaged by untreated venereal diseases
400,000 living corpses consumed
by Cholera, anthrax and Tularemia, unleashed from a lab
Man indeed had become death

©Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen 2014