(To Jamal Khashoggi and all journalists who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty)
Glass shattering, heart-piercing scream
He screamed in excruciating pain…
Although he walked in there
To fulfill a new dream!
Unmaterialized that would remain.
A dream to start fresh, new life
With his would-be wife
Who waited outside for him
Holding in her heart
The same shared dream
Morning hours rolled past noon
He was supposed to be out quite soon
But that never happened
He never returned in her arms
Rather she drowned in her doubts
When darkness wrapped her world
Inside and out…
They took away his life
With vicious rage
They silenced him for good
They put the voice of descent in cage
They slaughtered the pen of truth.
Rest in peace
This world couldn’t bear your flame,
We have moved on
With our lives and career
Our collective guilt and shame.
Ershad Khan has a background in Journalism and Media Studies. He occasionally writes poems on contemporary issues.