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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Poem: TIME FOR CHINA

September 8, 2008

By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

It's time for China to stop the genocide
To end all torture and imprisonment
It's time for China to renounce her human rights violations
To choose freedom to hear and learn
It's time for China to respect free speech
To recognize freedom of religion
It's time for China to accommodate different cultures
To abandon communism
It's time for China to cease causing terrorism in Darfur
To lay off encouraging the brutal dictatorship in Burma
It's time for China to join the ranks of free and responsible nations
To halt selling nuclear intelligence to the axis of evil
It's time for China to realize democracy
To quit Tibet and establish friendly relations
It's time for China to acknowledge her faults
To repent rather than be sorry

If China does not do
What time tells her to do
And discard her life of crime
And erase all her filthy grime
Time will tell a tale
That will make China pale
Time will tell a sad story
That will make China sorry
There will be no time out
Nor any other route out
For time waits for no man
Bitter sorrow bring it can
To all of China's innocent people
And make them feeble and cripple
Consequences there will be
Disaster time will decree
And China's great wall
Will crumble and fall

Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa - 2008

* Footnote: The poet's nickname is "T.N.", which he says stands for 
his initials as well as "Tibetan National".
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