When one such as he is silenced,
a thousand voices rise up in response.
Rest well, my brother.
Your message still dwells in our hearts.
Darkness at times overwhelms,
till one candle, and then two,
and then ten, then a hundred
are held up by ones
who will never surrender
our dream of social justice,
of acceptance, inclusion and peace.
Rest well, brother dreamer.
Your light, that shone against darkness,
is held up by ten thousand more,
in your name.
Light one candle, hold it high,
against the darkness.
With every cell of our being,
let us focus all our might
the transformation of consciousness,
transform the chilling darkness
For dVerse, where Abhra has asked us to raise our voices against darkness, in response to the savage killing of blogger Avijit Roy, 42, in Bangladesh. Mr Roy's blog celebrated free thinkers and humanists; he was a critic of religious intolerance. His alleged attacker is a fundamentalist blogger who opposed his beliefs.
This speaks to all of us who wield pen instead of sword.