Watching Fruit Flies
When people ask, we run a massage parlor.
Every night, they roam like flies
Outside a coterie of rotting fruit
Night after night, room after room.
Lightning travels so much faster than thunder.
The flies flutter their wings and drop pennies like diamonds
Into our wandering hands, our open fingers.
There are no euphemisms for what we do.
Only spiteful accusations that leave no room
For our open excuses.
After all, we run the massage parlor.
Communism is at once a complete system of proletarian ideology and a new social system.
different from any other ideological and social system, and is the most complete, progressive,
revolutionary and rational system in human history. The ideological and social system of feudalism
has a place only in the museum of history. The ideological and social system of capitalism has also
become a museum piece that in one part of the world (in the Soviet Union), while in other countries it
resembles "a dying person who is sinking fast, like the sun setting beyond the western hills", and
will soon be relegated to the museum. The communist ideological and social system alone is full of
youth and vitality, sweeping the world with the momentum of an avalanche and the force of a
"On New Democracy" (January 1940), Selected Works, Vol. II, pp. 360-61.*
The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is an objective law
independent of man's will. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history,
sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph.
"Speech at the Meeting of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. in Celebration of the 40th
Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution" (November 6, 1957).
We Communists never conceal our political views. Definitely and beyond all doubt, our future
or maximum programme is to carry China forward to socialism and communism. Both the name of
our Party and our Marxist world outlook unequivocally point to this supreme ideal of the future, a
future of incomparable brightness and splendour.
Jessy Zhou is currently a first-year student of Communications at Boston University. Although her work has never surfaced in magazines, she has been published a few times in local anthologies in her hometown, Beijing, China. Despite having spent 10 years in the suburbs of New Zealand, Jessy enjoys the metropolitan atmosphere of bigger cities filled with traffic and people.