This anonymous poem, whose provenance is listed only as Communications University of China, Nanjing (南京传媒学院) has circulated widely on social media through the protests and has also been set to music (https://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/690479.html) . Its title is “If You’re not willing to walk at the front”. The sung version also has circulated under the title “Every Sheet of White Paper.”
If you’re not willing to walk at the front, please follow our march from behind.
If you’re not willing to follow, please watch from the side of the road.
If you’re not willing to watch, please shout out online.
If you’re not willing to shout out online, please close your eyes in silence,
Sit back, and enjoy the rights we have fought for you;
But don’t turn a blind eye, and don’t sneer
Because the sunlight we have struggled for belongs both to me and to you.
Translated by Christopher Connery