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One of Us

During civilized periods
in the history of kingdoms
courtiers, or the king’s
person himself,
in audience
with the gadfly,
would offer the fellow
death or exile.

These days
butcher their fly
in daylight
near security
in front of
bewildered subjects.

My Lord,
slayer of wild beasts
in northern
jungles, why must
we kill brother
Lasantha, shed
our own blood?

Indran Amirthanayagam, January 11, 2009