Three centuries past in 1699
A brotherhood was formed so sweet and divine
Equal in status and humble in mind
Strong in nature, their will was sublime

In a time of prejudice and oppression
The job of the Sikhs was to oppose suppression
Whatever their race, whichever their colour
Sikhs would fight with courage and valour

Taught with morals pure and true
They wore a uniform orange and blue
On the battlefield or on the mound
Where “Sat Sri Akaal” would aloud resound

Now their fight has moved from the field
From the axe, sword, spear and shield
Now their fight is for human rights
Using thought, words, speech and intellectual might.

Jagtar Singh
Age 16
A winning poem from the Glasgow Vaisakhi Poetry Content, 1999