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OUR FLAG FLIES FREE

For the Shan People

By Larry Jaffe

Poet Laureate, Youth for Human Rights

 

            I wear the flag

of yellow, green & red

touched

by purest white.

 

I am Shan

Our Flag Flies Free

 

Beauty lost

in revolt of righteous

monks replaced

with military precision

 

We are Shan

We shine once more

 

To be Shan

is to be free

the shallow grave

of slavery swallows

us no more.

 

We are Shan

We are Free

 

I wear the yellow

for the spirit

that bends

but never breaks.

 

I wear the green

for the land

forever verdant

and alive.

 

I wear the red

for the courage

to protect our families

and each other .

 

And gracing the center

of our Shan soul

peace,

purity

tranquility.

 

We are Shan

Our Flag Flies Free





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