Rizana
They may kill you
A brief tap
of the sword
Will end your days
All this fuss
Will be till that moment
And then you
Will be forgotten
For our memories our short

There are others
Not facing your fate
Holding up this country
With their sweat
In tea estates, in garment factories
In the Middle East
Toiling
They keep this economy afloat
They don’t know this

Women of Sri Lanka
Salute you
For the journey taken
At such a tender age
To keep your family safe
You may have to pay for this bravery
With your life
We hope you won’t have to

Rizana
They may kill you
A brief tap
of the sword
Will end your days
All this fuss
Will be till that moment
And then you
Will be forgotten
For our memories our short

Live Rizana live
Let the sword be cast aside
Let there be mercy
Let there be hope
Let your young life thrive

Live Rizana Live
We hope you will.

Sashikala Premawardhane

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