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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

A poem: The Beijing Olympics

August 10, 2008

by Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa
WTN
August 8, 2008

The Beijing Olympics

With the dawning of August 8, 2008
The vicious lies and hidden traps nest at Beijing's gate
Awaiting the innocent international athletes and visitors
Ready to pounce on them like mephistophelean inquisitors
The viscid web has been cast
And the spider is set to prey
But the world says, "Not so fast!"
"We'll burn your web and have our say"

When in the Beijing Olympics
Shoot to obliterate tyranny
Throw a javelin to kill hatred
Jump to overcome ignorance
Box to known out communism
Fence to decapitate autocracy
Stand up to defend free speech
Bicycle to treadle over despotism
Stand tall to fight for human rights
Row, row your boat to attain justice
Lift to raise the Tibetan national flag
Wrestle to trounce illegal occupation
Run to lead the charge for democracy
Bow to pray for the Dalai Lama's long life
Partake to sing the Tibetan national anthem
Hop, skip and jump to avoid Chinese propaganda
Swim to drown out illegal imprisonment and torture
Pole vault to reach for freedom and heavenly peace

Win gold medals for a golden life for the oppressed
Silver medals for a silver lining for the transgressed
And bronze medals to put Chinese tyrants in metallic chains

©Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2008

* The poet, Tsoltim N. Shakabpa's nickname is "T.N.", which he says
stands for "Tibetan National", as well as his initials.
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