Freedom is a seductive word,
A battle cry, a flag unfurled;
A matter of right, and trust, and faith –
A nascent hope in midnight swathe:
Freedom is but fear unheard!
Freedom is the right of speech,
The right to think, to mope, to breach;
A flash of anger, a look of steel,
A million divides unrevealed –
A miracle slipping out of reach…
Freedom is a weeping Leh,
Freedom is a Red astray,
A banner green, a saffron sheen,
A terror-stricken stifled scream
Still heard amidst the gray;
Freedom is a worry, a fret,
A gift unearned, a burden great!
Freedom is but a single nation
(The coming together of one generation)
A billion strong in debt.
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