Friday, June 19, 2009

A Poem for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th Birthday

Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Fresh jasmine in her hair,
Frail fingers, behind bars;
A smile, wistful but fair,
Tired eyes, and heavy heart.

Woman, feared by men in green,
Daughter, Hope, of people unfree;
Mother, Wife, with grief unseen,
But we’re still silent, holding the key.

Burma’s forgotten, faraway,
“Who’s this Suu Kyi?” you ask;
Look in the mirror, friend, then say,
Isn’t Daw* Suu Kyi really, us?

May God bless her, the people of Burma and all who yearn for Freedom, Justice & Democracy. You can send your birthday wishes for Daw Suu Kyi here: 64 for Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi has now been imprisoned by Burma's brutal regime for over 13 years. is a website where celebrities, politicians and the public from all over the world are coming together to send birthday messages of support to the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner. Learn more about her life & struggle here, here, here, here and here. Can we as Malaysians do more to help her (and ourselves)?

*Daw is an honorific in the Burmese language, similar to madam for older, revered women, literally meaning "aunt".

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