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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?"

Poem: Light Our Fire

October 8, 2008

By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

Hey China
Light our fire
Light our ire
Give us a reason to revolt

Hey China
Light our fire
Inflame our fury
Give us a reason to be furious

Don't sweeten us
With your red envelopes
Filled with wads of Yuan and Dollars
And fancy trains that supposedly carry tourists

Don't create false images
With monks praying in monasteries
Nomads enjoying living in tiny high rise apartments
And children in picturesque poses studying Tibetan language

Hey China
Light our fire
Wine, dine our envoys and stall the negotiations
Give us a reason to end the fruitless negotiations

Hey China
Light our fire
Try destroying our culture
Give us a reason to eradicate communism

Hey China
The more you anger us
The more determined we become
And the more ambitious

Hey China
The more you squeeze us
The more we inflate
And the more we'll be in your ugly face

Hey China
The more you torture us
The louder we'll scream
And let the world know how mean and cruel you are

And China
The longer you occupy our country
The more violent we become
And the more sorry you'll be

So China
If you wish not to live in peace
Continue to light our fire
And inflame our pure desire

Copyright: ©Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2008
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