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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: O! The Anguish of Tibetans!

March 29, 2009

by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa
WTN (by mail)
March 26, 2009

Lamas, monks, and nuns tortured
Mothers, fathers and children imprisoned
Monasteries, temples and relics destroyed
Rivers, lakes and the environment polluted

O! the anguish of Tibetans!
Will our voices ever be heard?
Will our hopes ever be realized?
Will our tears ever stop flowing?

Will our prayers ever be answered?
O! the anguish of Tibetans!
Scriptures no longer read
Prayer flags no longer flying

Butter lamps no longer burning
Prayer wheels no longer turning
O! the anguish of Tibetans!
Will the Middle Path ever work?

Will our dreams ever come true?
Will our compromises ever be fruitful?
Will our non-violence ever prove right?
O! the anguish of Tibetans!

Tibetan no longer taught
Tibetan no longer spoken
Tibetans no longer enjoying
Tibetans no longer the majority

O! the anguish of Tibetans!
Will God ever hear us?
Will the sun ever shine on us?
Will our fate ever be glorious?

Will the world ever side with us?
O! the anguish of Tibetans!
But we will survive!
We will pray

Until God prevails no more
We will hope
Until the sun shines no more
We will dream
Until we can dream no more

We will be non-violent
Until peace is relevant no more
We will move forward
Until we can walk no more

We will look to the future
Until we can see no more
We will fight for freedom
Until the universe is no more

Copyright: ©Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2009

* The poet, Tsoltim N. Shakabpa, popularly known
as "T.N.", says that his nickname stands for his
initials, as well as "Tibetan National".

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