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Poems by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

December 28, 2009

TIBETAN POLITICAL CANDIDATES
by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

We Tibetans
We great titans
Have a tradition of remaining humbly silent
Even though we desperately desire a pendant
But in politics silence is not wise
It elicites an image of disguise
Political candidates should not hide behind so called humility
Instead they should voice their objectives and earn their eligibility
Humbly silent they should not remain
And from explaining their views abstain
They can be humble yet voice their opinions loud
Instead of concealing their views behind a cloud
So that the people may clearly know
What kind of policies they will sow
If they lurk not behind silent intrigues
And behave like wolves in sheep's fatigues
If they hide not behind voiceless noise
And instead their opinions clearly voice
Then only can we make an intelligent choice
And when they are elected, with fanfare, rejoice

I WANNA GO HOME
by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

I wanna go home
I've gotta go home
Another day has gone by
Another year has slipped by
Sixty years have passed by
Since my homeland was taken from me
And ruthlessly ruled by Chinese tyrants  

I wanna go home
I 'm gonna go home
To raise hell on earth
Till they leave my home
Till heaven is a place on earth
Till they relieve my people
Of a misery they do not deserve

Though by the grace of the Lord
In America I've found a second home
I wanna go home
I've gotta go home
To the place of my birth
To the place I call home
To the country I belong
To Tibet, my Tibet

Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2010

DRIVEN
by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

The stench of death notwithstanding
They plow on through the killing fields
Driven by the engine of freedom

The odds of imprisonment not withstanding
They carry on through the maze of armed policemen
Driven by their devotion to the Enlightened One

The chances of persecution notwithstanding
They trudge on under the reign of tyranny
Driven by a need to retrieve justice

Thus do the Tibetans move on
To regain a free Tibet
Driven by the love for their country
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