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  A Chinaman's Chance
by Kalikiano Kalei
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Diversity, so common wisdom has it, is America's greatest blessing. Long study of human beings and their seemingly infinite capability to inflict the most savage cruelty upon other members of their race--over slight differences in skin color, personal belief, or outlook--would strongly suggest otherwise. McClatchy School is real. The events referenced are real. Only your interpretation of this event lacks real substance, since we all have only a Chinaman's chance on this planet.




A Chinaman’s Chance

 


Hezekiah Chang was 15, we are told;

an honor student at McClatchy School.

His family came to the United States

from China, where his parents had been

forced to perform hard labor during the days

of the Cultural Revolution. They were both

teachers, well educated intellectuals, yet

believers in the One True God of the Bible.

 

Mao’s secular cruelty could not suppress

their faith that Jesus would bless them

and watch over them, as they struggled

to remain alive, despite the many terrors

that they suffered, until that moment

two decades ago, when they became

Americans in the land called Gold Mountain.

Hezekiah was their first-born, a strong boy!

 

Intelligent, handsome, a natural student,

Hezekiah excelled in math, studied piano,

volunteered after school at the hospital,

attended to his parents wishes that he

become the proud son they had hoped for.

He would graduate, study medicine,

become a doctor, marry a Chinese girl,

in the custom of their family and ancestors.

 

Hezekiah was viewed by others at school

as a nerdy little yellow creep, all except

for one girl, a young Latina, also bright,

but the daughter of atheistic Chilean socialists

and former Sandinista migrants, now American.

Seeing in each other things denied their peers

Hezekaiah and the girl grew to value each other,

unknown to both sets of their parents.

 

Last week, Hezekiah and the girl left school

to study together at the end of the day,

walking in the parking lot when shots rang out,

reverberating off the brick walls of the school.

The bullets of an automatic weapon caught

them both. A car sped off. A random crime.

Hezekiah died there, as did she. No one knows

why, to this day, they were singled out.

 

A Chinaman’s chance. America the Beautiful!

The next day, Hezekaih’s mother was heard

to remark that it had been God’s will, that

He had had some greater plan for them that

somehow transcended our human understanding.

The girl’s parents were less forgiving, cursing

the implacable chaos of this Godless world

with all its barbarity and brutal, random cruelty.

 

Somewhere, faint hollow laughter echoes,

wafting through the mind like a ghostly breeze.

But is it Godlike, or is it human? We should be in

no hurry to find out the answer to that single

unanswered question, although we suspect

there is nothing to learn and no way of knowing;

no way of making any sense of what appears

to be…a Chinaman’s chance.




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Reviewed by David Delaney 11/12/2008
Well done mate, one also only has to look at what the English did to (& still are) to the Irish.

Dave.
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 8/15/2008
It would seem to me that the shooting was intentional. I taught for thirty years in schools surrounded by barrios and filled with Latino gangsters and these violent gang members are prejudiced to their eyeballs. Hezekiah and the girl were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I recall a girl in LA (not a gang member) dating a gang member. When a rival gang came hunting for him and he pulled a vanishing act, this girl was found on a street corner. The rival gang made her kneel and beg for her life before they shoved the shotgun into her mouth and blew off the back of her head as a message to her boyfriend. She made a bad choice and was also at the wrong place at the wrong time. We live in a cruel, capricious world where nothing is guaranteed and life doesn't give a shit. It seems that more people care for the criminal on death row than the victims he murdered.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/30/2008
Powerfully penned, Kalikiano~ Sad!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/30/2008
Heartbreaking - powerfully penned - well done -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 3/30/2008
But I am a doctor..LOL...great pen...HUgss
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