Rest in Peace, Gauri Lankesh
By Santosh Bakaya
Minds deranged, shot at truth at close range
Truth was silenced
Masked men unmasked their evil designs
A voice of dissent was silenced
A heinous crime was perpetrated
And Nero fiddled
Unfazed by humanity’s pain
The guilt-ridden night whirled into nothingness
As truth was killed with a chilling senselessness
Darkness reigned, the world was benumbed.
To its wounds, justice succumbed.
Horror-struck, we heard ‘the eternal notes of sadness’
Will this darkness ever give birth to the sun?
Or will helpless humanity merely express outrage
at this revival of the Neanderthal age?
Whither truth? Whither justice? Whither freedom?
Has it all succumbed to the caprices of a vile fiefdom?
Sanity squirms in anguish deep, at this dastardly killing
Chilling humanity’s spine.
The small fry watch as a nation hate-scorched
flounders and dodders.
The big fry go all out to mend international borders.
But nay, truth never succumbs, no matter what.
Its fire cannot be doused by any gunshot.
It will rise, and rise from the ashes
Branding a comatose humanity with the power of whiplashes.
Dr. Santosh Bakaya, an academician, scholar, author, essayist, and poet from India. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, The Ballad of Bapu, is published by Vitasta Publishing.
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2 Responses to “Rest in Peace, Gauri Lankesh”
Chilling, the way murders have become casual occurrences. How many more martyrs will it take to get people to protest in a big way?
Great poem by Santosh Bakaya
Rest in peace.