By Mayyu Ali
In this moment, at this time
An untasted atmosphere spreads in Myanmar’s metros
Where is the fragrance coming from?
Is it the breeze from Paradise?
Monks, peace lovers and social activists
Standing at entrance of mosques
Holding white roses in their hands
Sending Metta to Muslim brothers and sisters
In our Burmese sense,
White represents for purity
A colour in our National Flag
A colour our people adore
These white roses, so real and colourful
Symbols of love and peace
A show of interfaith solidarity
Sharing respect, love and synergy
Rays of new hope
Brand-new humanitarian spirits
Promoting coexistence and harmony
Resilience towards hatred and extremism
Whilst white roses exchange hand to hand
Let love and kindness transform heart to heart
Let trust replace fear
May the White Rose campaign make a White
Nation of Myanmar?
About Poem: : On May 16, 2019, a nationalist mob descended in Yangon to shut down Muslim’s Ramadan prayers. The next day, a monk showed up to hand white roses to Muslims after prayers. Since then, some Burmese interfaith activists have been running the ‘White Rose Campaign’ around cities in Myanmar to show solidarity with Muslims.
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