Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Audacity to Speak 07-04-10

Audacity to speak

Mirza A. Beg
April 10, 2007

During the long night of colonialism, Urdu poets gave voice and sustenance to the freedom struggle of India. In the Urdu cadence, this poem is dedicated to all yearning to be free.

Power amuck, demands conformity
“Those not with us, are against us”
Intolerance shrouded in naiveté
Repression cloaked in democracy

Will the meek inherit the Earth?
Not here, not today
Silence soaked in subtle conformity,
Sustains ignorance and tyranny

The impudent power to kill withers
Faced with defiant courage, to speak
Executioner's tired arms tremble
Scared of brave heads on the block

The struggle to breathe free,
Arduous, tenacious and eternal
Ordeal, bearable adorned with hope
Of the bliss of a distant morning

When the plunderers stand exposed
Their power swept away
Failing to imprison the fragrance
Failing to muffle the Song-bird

Mirza A Beg can be contacted at mab64@yahoo.com

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