Poem: Anthem of the Young

Here in the Land of Smiles
The brave have made their stand
Through blood and sacrifice
They struggled for this land 

In the footsteps of the best
We know we are not the first
In the never-ending quest
To change our country’s worst

We know of blood stains before wine
And tear gas before cigarettes
We have crossed forbidden lines
But we haven’t given up yet

We have so much to lose
But everything to win
We wear burns and pellet bruises
Like trophies on our skin

We work too hard
And get too less
But we yet to be scarred
By life and regrets

They think we know nothing
And we’re all just as confused
But we salute and we sing
To break our taboos

The walls are there 
For us to tear down
For we are the heirs
Of this ground

Through our sorrows and strife
History will know who we are
The bitter political divide
Will echo near and afar

Now I watch my country fight
In hopes of being free
And I realise she just might
Have left her mark on me

So to the cold generation’s cynics:
This is the anthem of the young
Our hopes and dreams are in these lyrics
It will not go unsung.

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