April 12, 2021
Poems

Rhododendron Land Awakened

By Salai Kipp Kho Lian

Along the mountainous stretches of the Western Yoma,
And the surrounding vast lowland valleys;
Along the Manipur and the Chindwin rivers,
Tis the homeland of the Chin people.

Truth and Freedom do we treasure,
Loyalty and Courage our trademark;
Yea, truly, we are one stock of people-offspring of the same family.

Firmly upholding our traditional stance for peace,
and with renewed shall we march forward;
Towards a prosperous new land we have yet to see.

The sacred ‘Rih’ lake symbolizes our heart,
But life remains as rough as the Manipur river;
Where cries of suffering have never ceased.

The river Manipur unleashed-gushed into the tranquil ‘Rih’,
The resulting angry storm and its thunderous roar;
And the new generation is born;
Behold a land of peace and prosperity!

[Composed by Salai Kipp Kho Lian & Co-Translated by Liana Suantak from original Burmese version]

 

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