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I do not wish to say RIP #GauriLankesh (Poem)

by , 15 Sep 2017
Filmmaker Rakesh Sharma's poem on Gauri Lankesh

I do not wish to say RIP #GauriLankesh
May your soul haunt us all 
Shake us up deep within 
Making many, many more speak out
Resist and fight their poison 
 
How many can they kill?
 
And even if they do,
Even if the body becomes lifeless,
Can they ever crush our spirit 
Or kill our ideas and dreams.
 
Let’s go beyond just
Anguished posts 
Outraged tweets
Helpless venting 
Or resigned silences
Far beyond token protests
Or candlelight vigils
 
Let’s not have yet another apathetic or cathartic pause 
After yet again quoting Niemoller’s “first they came for…”
 
Can we not tell them instead –
We are coming for you
Not just you personally
But what you stand & wish for
That we will fight you and your ideas
On the streets and
In our public spaces
Our offices and schools
Our colleges and universities
Our buildings and housing societies
Our local neighbourhoods…
Everywhere.
Anywhere.
 
Is it not time to say
Enough is enough
We will not allow you anymore
To spread your venom 
Or poison more minds
Nor let you intimidate us into silence
Or feel the fear you want us to feel
That till we drive you to the ground
We will not rest in peace
Nor will Gauri
#Dhabolkar
#Kalburgi
#Pansare
Or anyone else you kill.
 

I do not wish to say RIP #GauriLankesh (Poem)

Filmmaker Rakesh Sharma's poem on Gauri Lankesh

I do not wish to say RIP #GauriLankesh
May your soul haunt us all 
Shake us up deep within 
Making many, many more speak out
Resist and fight their poison 
 
How many can they kill?
 
And even if they do,
Even if the body becomes lifeless,
Can they ever crush our spirit 
Or kill our ideas and dreams.
 
Let’s go beyond just
Anguished posts 
Outraged tweets
Helpless venting 
Or resigned silences
Far beyond token protests
Or candlelight vigils
 
Let’s not have yet another apathetic or cathartic pause 
After yet again quoting Niemoller’s “first they came for…”
 
Can we not tell them instead –
We are coming for you
Not just you personally
But what you stand & wish for
That we will fight you and your ideas
On the streets and
In our public spaces
Our offices and schools
Our colleges and universities
Our buildings and housing societies
Our local neighbourhoods…
Everywhere.
Anywhere.
 
Is it not time to say
Enough is enough
We will not allow you anymore
To spread your venom 
Or poison more minds
Nor let you intimidate us into silence
Or feel the fear you want us to feel
That till we drive you to the ground
We will not rest in peace
Nor will Gauri
#Dhabolkar
#Kalburgi
#Pansare
Or anyone else you kill.
 

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