Remembering the brutal killing of Salman Taseer who may not have been one of my favourites but who had a right to live no matter what his opinions and beliefs:
I mourn not the killing of a man
So colourful and extravagant.
I mourn not the slaying of a Governor
So arrogant and controversial.
I mourn the silencing of a voice
So straight and blunt.
I mourn the strangulating of a brain
So brilliant and intellectual.
I mourn the murder of a knight
So valiant and fearless.
I mourn the passing of a comrade
So committed and faithful.
I mourn the death of a citizen
So honest and patriotic.
More than that…
I mourn the birth of a cult
So vulgar and catchy.
I mourn the birth of a logic
So illogical and frustrating.
I mourn the birth of an ideology
So intolerant and dangerous.
I mourn the birth of a philosophy
So loathsome and self destructive.
But most of all…
I mourn the arrival of a’ faith’
So bigoted and hateful.
I mourn the demise of ISLAM
So peaceful and tolerant.
And last of all…
I mourn the disappearance of MY FREEDOM
So precious and priceless.
5 January 2010