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Why do you do that? / disfigured polka dots / on the back of my dress / ironed just yesterday

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All that has been embedded / in the deep ruins / of an abandoned root / is now watered with the vows,

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Old Echoes

Smell of freshly churned butter tea / Coming from our 4 ft. square kitchen, / In our small home back in Bir / Where our long sighs tell our grief

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A Barred Blessing

In the cold snowy mountains / In Tibet / Her nomad parents — / named her Tenzin / A privilege worth risking it all.

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They say / you become what you eat / So she ate flowers / All these years

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Predictable

Atop a trestle table / A Chinese man lays out / Four skinned dogs, / All equal sizes but one has

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Memories of Lhasa

I miss Lhasa where / The undulating valleys and wide open plains / Are bedecked with a garland of green meadows and trees,

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The Vigil

Poem by Tsoltim N Shakabpa: With the setting sun / In the twilight of my days / My work completed

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Losar

We should celebrate Losar / Some say … / To open a new chapter / Be Tibetan,

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Shadow

Poem by Palden rGyal: A shadow that follows / Wherever I go, / A shadow that allows / No freedom,

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Mani

Poem by Chabdrak Phonya: Recite one Mani / Recite ten Mani / Recite one hundred, one thousand Mani

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The Traitor

Ngabo Ngawang Jigme — Smiley! / You were nothing / but a bundle of intrigue / Pregnant with malice / and bent on betrayal

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