They asked for silence, I yelled.
They asked for discipline, I rebelled.
They asked for peace, I gave them a revolution.
They imposed fences to cage me in; I raised my arms higher,
They imposed penalties, I set them on fire.
They imposed sanctions, I persisted but did not tire.
They demanded ignorance, I commanded knowledge.
They asked, They imposed, They demanded,
They taxed, They imposed, They reprimanded.
But they did not succeed.
They can do what they want but I will not concede.
I won’t flinch even under the strain of their lashes,
I will wear with pride my many gashes,
I will rise like a phoenix from the ashes.