I take a book
Read a few pages and set it aside
Outside my window, Beijing
Filled with feelings of Doomsday
In the mists, I cannot see
Tall buildings not so very far away.
What really grabs me lies
Much further away,
Amidst the flames, will they be
Hit by red bullets?
January 17, 2012
Addendum: It has been confirmed that an Aba Prefecture monk was badly beaten by military and police after setting himself aflame. Since February 27, 2009, 17 Tibetans in Tibetan areas within the borders of the China mainland have set themselves ablaze. Twelve of them died. Four were taken by the military and police. Their whereabouts are unknown; we do not know whether they live or have died. One person, badly injured, lives in a monastery.