Poem: “Square”

High Peaks Pure Earth presents the English translation of a Tibetan blogger’s haunting poem titled “Square”. The poem was written on September 27, 2011 and posted online on his blog on the same day.

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“Square”

I stand in the city’s Central Square
Looking at the stars, as if seeing from the bottom of a well
Steel and cement erase my childhood memory
I cannot face my heart
Hungry bodies, like an open desert
Lost in infinite space and time
Central Square… I see the unified expression of the crowd’s face
My heart full of fear
Here… in the square…
No words exist to express my loneliness
I suddenly hear ideals, at death’s edge
Calling my name
I want to die
I want, in broad daylight
To hang myself in a tree of poetry
As a sacrifice to ideals

September 27, 2011

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