Stand Up For Tibet Nov 2-Los Angeles

Time
Wednesday, November 2 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location

Chinese Consulate  443 Shatto Place  Los Angeles, CA

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100 Thousand Poets for Change is organizing on Global Action Day for Tibet to stand in solidarity with the Tibetan people against oppression from China. Local poets will be reading and passing out poems by Tibetan poets Tenzin Tsundue, Tsoltim N. Shakabpa, Jigme Dorjee DAGYAP, Woeser, and Tsering Dhompa.

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  1. Please read the attached poems.

    Thank you.
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    THIS LIFE
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    This life, this life
    This changing life
    Taking us on a journey
    On the mercurial river of life
    Gently and pleasantly at times
    Lifting us to heavenly heights
    Roughly and irascibly at other times
    Smothering us in its waters
    Passing through lush green fields of joy and glory
    Ensnaring us in precipitous gorges of toil and trouble
    Churning out lustrous successes to celebrate
    And hurling fated failures to bemoan
    Twisting and turning
    The river dispenses healthy doses of euphoric feeling
    Which make us jump for joy
    Then injects painful fluids of sorry sickness
    Which ensconce us on beds of virulent thorns

    O what a life!
    This journey on the river of life
    That ineluctably ends in the ocean of death
    Which envelopes us in its depth and vastness
    And delivers us on the fertile shores of waiting wombs
    To be reborn once more to ride the waves of the capricious river

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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    WE CAN AND WE MUST
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    I have vanquished evil with good
    And conquered cancer with prayers
    I have found how an Apple changed the world
    And experienced momentous changes in my life

    I have read David killed Goliath
    And sighted little ants subdue killer hornets
    I have watched tiny seeds bloom into gorgeous flowers
    And observed diminutive termites destroy mammoth houses

    I have witnessed people power topple dreadful dictators
    And noticed that everything is impermanent in this world
    I have established that dreams can be realized if put into action
    And heard a voice in the wilderness overcome racial discrimination

    I have seen non-violent movements achieve independence for countries
    And viewed a commando shoot down the world’s most feared terrorist
    I have observed the moon reflect the sun’s rays to shed light upon the earth at night
    And discovered how inquisitive tinkering in a garage led to life changing achievements in technology

    So can Tibetans achieve freedom from China?
    Yes we can and we must!

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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    DEVIL IN DISGUISE
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    She buys influence with money
    Lies to paint a rosy picture of Tibet
    She rules autocratically in the name of nationalism
    Destroys human fetuses in the name of population control
    She illegally occupies smaller nations in the name of liberation
    Denounces religion while praying for money and more power
    She savagely silences voices of freedom in the name of national interest
    Develops the infrastructure of Tibet in order to militarily position herself better
    She minimizes minority races by populating their regions with masses of Han people
    Calls the Dalai Lama a wolf in sheep’s clothing while behaving like Lucifer in disguise
    She entices foreigners to cheaply purchase goods made by tormented prisoners under duress
    Subdues social networking in her own country while promoting social communism in the outside world
    She professes to limit North Korea’s nuclear tests while surreptitiously feeding her nuclear intelligence
    Blatantly does she permit the sale of cheap contaminated goods but when caught blames the manufacturers
    She hacks the e-mails and websites of freedom seekers while calling for transparency in Western governments
    Silent during the people’s revolution in the Middle East she praised the people only when they were victorious

    She’s a devil in disguise!

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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  2. THIS LIFE
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    This life, this life
    This changing life
    Taking us on a journey
    On the mercurial river of life
    Gently and pleasantly at times
    Lifting us to heavenly heights
    Roughly and irascibly at other times
    Smothering us in its waters
    Passing through lush green fields of joy and glory
    Ensnaring us in precipitous gorges of toil and trouble
    Churning out lustrous successes to celebrate
    And hurling fated failures to bemoan
    Twisting and turning
    The river dispenses healthy doses of euphoric feeling
    Which make us jump for joy
    Then injects painful fluids of sorry sickness
    Which ensconce us on beds of virulent thorns

    O what a life!
    This journey on the river of life
    That ineluctably ends in the ocean of death
    Which envelopes us in its depth and vastness
    And delivers us on the fertile shores of waiting wombs
    To be reborn once more to ride the waves of the capricious river

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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    WE CAN AND WE MUST
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    I have vanquished evil with good
    And conquered cancer with prayers
    I have found how an Apple changed the world
    And experienced momentous changes in my life

    I have read David killed Goliath
    And sighted little ants subdue killer hornets
    I have watched tiny seeds bloom into gorgeous flowers
    And observed diminutive termites destroy mammoth houses

    I have witnessed people power topple dreadful dictators
    And noticed that everything is impermanent in this world
    I have established that dreams can be realized if put into action
    And heard a voice in the wilderness overcome racial discrimination

    I have seen non-violent movements achieve independence for countries
    And viewed a commando shoot down the world’s most feared terrorist
    I have observed the moon reflect the sun’s rays to shed light upon the earth at night
    And discovered how inquisitive tinkering in a garage led to life changing achievements in technology

    So can Tibetans achieve freedom from China?
    Yes we can and we must!

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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    DEVIL IN DISGUISE
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    She buys influence with money
    Lies to paint a rosy picture of Tibet
    She rules autocratically in the name of nationalism
    Destroys human fetuses in the name of population control
    She illegally occupies smaller nations in the name of liberation
    Denounces religion while praying for money and more power
    She savagely silences voices of freedom in the name of national interest
    Develops the infrastructure of Tibet in order to militarily position herself better
    She minimizes minority races by populating their regions with masses of Han people
    Calls the Dalai Lama a wolf in sheep’s clothing while behaving like Lucifer in disguise
    She entices foreigners to cheaply purchase goods made by tormented prisoners under duress
    Subdues social networking in her own country while promoting social communism in the outside world
    She professes to limit North Korea’s nuclear tests while surreptitiously feeding her nuclear intelligence
    Blatantly does she permit the sale of cheap contaminated goods but when caught blames the manufacturers
    She hacks the e-mails and websites of freedom seekers while calling for transparency in Western governments
    Silent during the people’s revolution in the Middle East she praised the people only when they were victorious

    She’s a devil in disguise!

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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  3. WORLD FESTIVAL OF POETRY

    VIDEOCONFERENCE LINKING EVENT WITH L.A 100 TPC EVENT.

    INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION FOR THE UNIVERSAL PEACE, in Isla MUjeres, POETIC SANCTUARY, signed by all the poets attending this WFP-IM 2011. (At the same time as 100 Poets for Change Stand Up for Tibet poetry reading and distribution in front of the Chinese Consulate in L.A. in solidarity with Global Action Day for Tibet on November 2nd)

  4. October 19, 2011 – Free Tibet protest and candlelight vigil at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. 100 Thousand Poets for Change in solidarity.

  5. NATURAL INSTINCT
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    Just as thunder
    Follows a lightening
    So do Tibetans scream
    When savagely electrocuted

    Just as the ground tremors
    When the earth shifts
    So too Tibetans shudder
    When their life is agitated

    Just as the snow melts
    When the weather is hot
    So do Tibetans vanish
    When Chinese rule is scorching

    Just as forests burn
    When water is restricted
    The priests of Tibet burn
    When religious practices are prohibited

    Just as the stomach wants to throw up
    When disgusting food is eaten
    So too Tibetans want to throw out
    Disgusting authorities who illegally rule them

    Just as oil and water
    Don’t mix
    So too populists and autocrats
    Can’t mix

    Just as the sun
    Casts its light upon the moon
    So does the Dalai Lama
    Shed His light upon His people

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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    ABERRANT NATURAL INSTINCT
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    The merciless red hawk from the East
    Swooped down on peaceful dove’s nest
    With claws clenched
    Killed all the dove’s harmless squabs

    The dove moved to another nest
    And bore more squabs
    That grew up strong and sturdy
    Compassionate and forgiving

    The squabs, now grown, could have retaliated
    And raided the now old red hawk’s nest
    Killed the old hawk
    And fatally injured all his new eyas

    Instead
    The doves gently perched on the nest of their enemies
    Shared their food with them at the table of friendship
    And won their hearts and apologies

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

  6. ~ Please take a few minutes and read ~Tashi Delek!
    The Chinese government has s…entenced Tashi Rabten to a 4-year prison term, following a closed-door trial. His crime? Writing poetry and being the editor of a literary magazine known as “Shar Dungri” (Eastern Snow Mountain). Below are some poems by Tashi Rabten (pen name: Theurang) published in his book “Written in Blood,” translated from the Tibetan by Bhuchung D. Sonam.

    1: My Tibet

    Is it you, the flame that burns in the middle of a storm?
    Is it you, the boat that rocks in the sea?
    Is it also you, who offers the torch of life in the darkness of night?

    Is it you, where there is no freedom?
    Is it also you, who is chained and shackled?
    Is it you, who writes history in blood?

    Are you a warrior?
    Where are your battlefield and the weapons?
    Are you a prisoner?
    What crimes have you committed?

    Is it your sky that the sun shies away from?
    Is it your vow to let yourself be silent?
    Are these your border guards, the long guns surrounding you?

    Freedom is different from restrictions
    Because of which you move,
    Because of which they tie and bind you, isn’t it?

    Isn’t it you who is being murdered?
    Isn’t it you who is being arrested?
    Isn’t it you who is being tortured?
    Why is it that you still want to move?
    Do you want to move amidst shadows of guns?

    No.

    Isn’t it you who can never be cowed down?
    Isn’t it you who fiercely burns with passion?
    Isn’t it you who marches ahead into history?

    Don’t you need to move even more?
    Don’t you need to move till the time runs out and the life ends?

    2: Lhasa-Gormo Railway

    This is a road
    A recently-completed road
    A road that is well traveled
    A road of rock mixed with steel, men with demons
    A road connecting Beijing and Lhasa

    Holy Lhasa is at one end of the road having old dreams
    At the other end is Beijing, reading an incomplete plan of action
    Between Lhasa and Beijing, this road
    Runs like a tongue of a poisonous snake

    On this road
    The life-soul of Lhasa and its wealth
    Is being transported, day and night
    Nearby this road
    Are terrified wild animals of Tibet
    Running, running, dying, dying

    This road, like the butcher’s knife,
    Drills through the hearts of the mountains
    This road, like an axe in the robber’s hand,
    Cuts across the chest of Tibet’s grassland

    On this road they come, the guests with greedy minds
    On this road they run away with the hosts’ wealth
    At the end of this road are the satisfied faces of the bosses in Beijing
    At the other end are dusty faces of the people of Lhasa

    In the night this road kills my quiet dreams and my sleep
    In the daytime it murders my thoughts and drives me restless
    Every so often this road boils my heart with anger

    Suddenly I Remembered Lhasa

    The sound and the vibration of the train
    Suddenly shakes the computer
    And the fingers do not have control over the words

    At such times I suddenly, suddenly
    At the end of the railway track
    With a moving train
    I remember Lhasa
    The statues and butter lamps of Tsuglakhang
    The golden roofs of the Potala Palace
    Even the faces of the old women on the road
    Flashes like the computer facing me
    Anyone remembers them
    With sounds of trains coming and going

    Ah how remembering Lhasa suddenly
    Is like remembering to get up
    And shout out in freedom.

    3: A Secret Petition to the Government Penned in a Computer

    One dead body, ten dead bodies, one hundred dead bodies, one thousand dead bodies
    One news, ten news, one hundred news, one thousand news
    truth – 0, false – 9, truth – 20, false – 900
    Red hands that take out the innards
    If you are not on our side punish us
    Black boots that crush heads
    If you don’t understand then just imprison

    freedom, harmony, equality, democracy
    open the door, open the constitution and look inside
    freedom? harmony? equality? democracy?

    My government, if you suspect that your faces will burn with brightness
    Accuse me of everything and punish me
    Because I am your citizen,
    Like a bird that flocks to the cliffs
    I am a loyal citizen who will say ‘yes’ to everything you say.

    4: Monologue In Hell

    First
    Today, if the radiant hands scratch the face of darkness
    Tomorrow, will the world of dawn lift from amidst the darkness

    Two
    If a few ready-to-gallop horses
    Went missing along with their saddles and reins
    Is there any horse owner who is ready to point at the thief?

    Three
    If a well-planned wolf jumps onto the shepherd’s dog
    The unarmed shepherd, of course, can loudly shout out everywhere

    Four
    Don’t lie when the ears are listening to the truth
    When the able eyes are watching do not create disharmony
    The people are watching you, even the natural world is sighing at you

    Fifth
    Even though I do not own the five physical senses
    And the five meanings and six vessels are stolen
    I permanently own the five pure visions of the senses

    Sixth
    Long live freedom, long live nationality
    Long live truth, love live democracy
    Long live the blood that runs in my veins
    Long live! Long live!

    5: Prisoner in Hell

    Hell is a fortress made from iron and steel
    A doorless fortress of shackles and handcuffs

    Freedom-loving people are the prisoners of this fortress
    Or they are criminals seeing the darkness of the hell
    These people have fallen to the darkness of hell wanting to see freedom

    They are the ones who blew vapour from their mouths outside the door
    They are the ones who raised their fists up in the air

    However, according to the decree from the hell
    Each of them are considered criminals in prison shackled and handcuffed
    The crime they are accused of is ‘love for freedom’

    Mother says amongst the prisoners is
    A very young kid brother of mine
    The youngest prisoner in the world

    If the crime that this kid has committed is not made
    When he was piling stones to play with
    Then this kid is truly an innocent kid

    Freedom, equality, democracy, livelihood
    One prisoner, two prisoners, three prisoners, four prisoners

    Hell is really a hell
    Freedom, equality, democracy, livelihood
    Will there come a time when everyone will be free from the fortress of hell

    6: News from Hell

    Because of intense cold wind in hell
    Those in hell experience disturbance in the temperature
    Many in hell suffer from diseases

    Yet, the news from hell is always fine and good

    The news from hell is a newspaper
    A newspaper that has lost the word ‘democracy’
    A newspaper filled with secret numbers and —

    Under the volatile weather of the hell
    The hell’s news comes as a medical prescription to those who are suffering from cold
    Prescription that charges money but gives no medicine
    A prescription with stamp of approval from the authorities

    News from the hell is contagious
    That is transmitted through people’s mouths and ears
    Those who suffer from this disease are servants in the hell

    The hell is basically a sick person carrying his shit in his pants
    Isn’t the newspaper in hell that paper which one uses to wipe one’s bottom?

    RANGZEN BOY : Free all Tibetans political prisoners
    Demand China respects human rights and no more suffering in Tibet!!
    Free Tibet!!

  7. CHANGE WILL COME
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    What was dark
    Will be bright
    What was lost
    Will be found
    What was taken
    Will be given
    What was defeated
    Will be won
    What was shattered
    Will be restored
    What was plundered
    Will be retrieved

    What is China
    Will be Tibet
    What is sought
    Will be found
    What is maligned
    Will be praised
    What is silenced
    Will be vocalized
    What is autocracy
    Will be democracy
    What is dominated
    Will be free

    The devil’s disguise will be revealed
    And his fate will forever be sealed
    The dark clouds will drift away one day
    And the bright sun will show us the way
    The autocrats will all one day die and fade away
    And democracy will reign in the world some day
    Tibet will be free and independent once again
    And the Dalai Lama will His rightful throne regain

    Change will come
    As will a new day
    Change must come
    As must rebirth

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

  8. HALLOWEEN
    By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

    Come the horrors of Halloween
    You’ve got to dress up and be seen
    With the threat of tricks
    Comes many a kicks

    These are the scariest of times
    With the ringing of door chimes
    Devil beware little angels are coming
    Heros galore and little soldiers drumming

    Children delight in dressing up
    They even dress their little pup
    Adults enjoy a good party
    They think they look good and arty

    You will be greeted
    With tricks if not treated
    All in all it’s a joyous opportune
    Enjoyed in the light of the sunlit moon

    Copyright: Tsoltim N. Shakabpa – 2011

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