The deserted neighbourhood poem

(Pantoum-style poem)

<<Story related to the poem>>

Robbed of most of what they had earned.
Then they were given their last chance,
To leave officially, they learned,
One kilo gold each, in advance.

Then they were given their last chance,
Packed like sardines in ships with fare,
One kilo gold each, in advance.
A deal the Communists deemed square!

Packed like sardines in ships with fare,
The ancient ships were overweight.
A deal the Communists deemed square!
To get rid of spies in the state.

The ancient ships were overweight,
The ethnic Chinese drowned on board.
To get rid of spies in the state,
They never could make it abroad!

Image credit
by Michael Coghlan.

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