where children breathe fire

in a land of turmoil
where children breathe fire
is he a saint or is he a man?
burning fingers for falling coin
he sees beyond our pleasure
to their pain

in a land of plenty
where children breathe fire
am i a saint or am i a woman?
ain’t i good enough and don’t i feel it?
work my fingers to the bone and bleed?

in a land of love
where children breathe fire
are we saints or are we human?
and how can we believe in justice
that breaks the law
and who’s the judge of all?

in a land of turmoil
where children breathe fire

© sylvi & see through publishing 1988 (socan)

on Coastal Chants CD (2008) Tape (1992)

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