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A Herder’s Song

Monday 22 February 2010, by Tibetan Mastiff

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days in someone’s yard
blowing the Jhangthang wind
happiness born withered

one
snowflakes brings me peace
a gentle mother’s touch
salves my sobs

two
footprints on grassland
steppes of my homeland
calls me each night

three
endless tale telling
of our ancestors their lives
in heavy black tents
grazing sheep and yaks

four
nomad girls singing songs
that echo from the hills
herder boys’ reply
coming from shoulders of a mountain

five
each mountain has a peak pass
holding arrows of horsemen
Lungta bearing snow lion, garuda, tiger, dragon
sending juniper smoke heavenward

six
wild mastiffs stand
guardians of the tents
in all four seasons

seven
in heartland of Blue Lake region
where my ancestors roamed
roaring thunders of snow lions
showering arrows and spears
enemies in the east run like foxes
therein lies my pride

P.S.

Tibetan Mastiff, a pen-name, generally writes in Tibetan and contributes to various Tibetan magazines inside and outside Tibet. Currently, he lives in New York.

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