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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: Tibetan Dilemma

March 3, 2009

by Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa

China hurls stones at us
Lies, bullets and prisons
Yet they cannot break our spirit

We offer gems to China
The truth, prayers and non-violence
Yet we cannot break their power

Wherefore doth China malign us?
When we offer them but sweet wine
Whereto do we go from here?
When we can no longer bear the agony
Wherein lies the path to freedom?
The path we've sought for years

Brick by Brick
Stone by stone
We strive for a nation we can call our own
Action by action
Prayer by prayer
We hope for freedom we can soon declare
Day after day
Year after year
We pray the sky above us will clear
Doth not the cold winter
Change to warm and fresh spring?
Doth not the dark night
Become a bright and sunny day?
When will our woes end?
When will God deliver us from evil?
Or must we labor for nought in the dubious hope
Of gaining our freedom from the oppressor?
Or should we venture forth
And bear the ultimate weapons of freedom?
Bombs, bullets and missiles!

Copyrights: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2009

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