The Ocean of Wisdom



Ignore the checkpoints and the chains

Sail over the rivers of tears

Praise a dream that has given birth to a million nightmares


We resist from our slums

You resist from the podium

Beloved of Hollywood, Ocean of Wisdom:

Can liberated celebrities
bring freedom to a people?


David you embrace or Mao

The aboriginals were subjugated

In Hebrew or in Mandarin

The land was appropriated



They’ll hide the sun under your crimson robe

Drown the truth in your words of hope



Leave my aching land alone

To Lhasa
             I support your right of return



January 23, 2006


Marking the Dalai Lama’s visit to Israel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ben Gurion’s immigration to Palestine.