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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: The Beijing Olympics

June 8, 2008

by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa
June 6, 2008

When in the Beijing Olympics
Win for free speech
Run for human rights
Throw a javelin to kill hatred
Jump to overcome ignorance
Bicycle to treadle over tyranny
Pole vault to reach for freedom
Throw a shot put to knock out communism
Swim to save those imprisoned and tortured
And race as hard as you can in praise of God

Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2008

* Tsoltim N. Shakabpa's 6th book of poems, DEAD PEOPLE TALKING,  is
due to be published soon by Paljor Publications in New Delhi.
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