18 July 2008

Tibetan Poetry

Yesterday we had a reading of Tibetan Poets at the bookstore, read by 4 actors. I wanted to share this one with you.

MADE IN CHINA by Tsoltim N Shakabpa
made in china
by unpaid prisoners
made in china
by starving prisoners
made in china
by brainwashed prisoners
made in china
by tortured prisoners
made in china
by dying prisoners
made in china
from dead prisoners
would you buy anything
made in china?


  1. i hear the echo of voices, yet not the voices themselves.

  2. Scientista, it seems trite, in view of the tragedy expressed in this poem, to use this comment box to mention that I have passed on an award to your site.

    I wanted to let my readers know how inspiring I find your writing, so I included your site. But feel completely free not to pass it on further if you don't have the time.

  3. I came to visit because of the award posted on parlance's blog and I can see why she feels your blog is so special.

    Levi's mom

  4. ms chica, indeed.

    parlance, thank you, I am honored! I will indeed pass it on.

    aphasia decoder, welcome! I hope to see you around.

    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    Imagine a free Tibet
    Enjoying democracy
    Imagine the whole nation
    Living happily daily

    Imagine the religious
    Worshiping as they wish
    Imagine all the people
    Practicing their own culture

    What a world it would be
    Finding freedom's key
    One world come true
    One dream come true

    You may think I'm a schemer
    But I'm only a dreamer
    I may not reach heaven
    But I sure don't want hell

    Imagine a democratic China
    Respecting human rights
    Imagine Chinese people
    Celebrating free speech

    Imagine China and Tibet
    Living neighborly in harmony
    Imagine if we can say
    We are brothers and sisters

    What a world it would be
    What a future to see
    One world come true
    One dream come true

    You may think I know it all
    But I'm only a poet on call
    I right the wrongs that people do
    And write the rights we pursue

    Imagine there's no fighting
    Nothing to kill for
    Imagine there's no wanting
    Nothing to die for

    Imagine a world in which
    We forget our schemes
    Imagine a world in which
    We share our dreams

    You can then say
    The world is truly one
    One world come true
    One dream come true

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2008

  6. The poems, MADE IN CHINA and IMAGINE by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa are heart-wrenching. The poet deserves an award.


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