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| Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:58 am Post subject: Poem: EXECUTION, Hrant Dink in Memoriam
Hrant Dink, in memoriam
By Krikor N. Der Hohannesian
They snuffed him - Turkish style,
a crowded street in Istanbul
three bullets in the brain
point-blank, draped his corpse
in a white shroud weighed
down with bricks at four corners,
left him lying there for onlookers
to gawk - to what end? Horror? Or,
This Is What You Get for Being Un-Turkic?
He was a journalist just like you, hairig,
and just like you seeking dialogue,
no sinister agenda - quite the contrary,
a life's quest to opening doors
to the blackened rooms where
suffering abides, where grudges
are held tight to the pained heart,
where decades later old wounds still fester.
And we stand, unable to pity the assassin
or forgive his maniacal hatred, waiting
for light to come to the lightless.
Krikor Nazar Der Hohannesian was born on September 23 1936, in Boston,
MA, in a family of artists, writers and musicians. He is a graduate of
Harvard University, now semi-retired. His poems have been published in
various journals and magazines, e.g. The Evansville Review, The
Christian Science Monitor, Ararat, California Quarterly, Permafrost,
Chaffin Journal, Freefall.