I will be with you Ashraf tonight and other nights
To listen to your poetry full of truths a great poet like you reveal.
Tonight, I will show solidarity with you through the simple act of reading your poems and thus, symbolically, like rest of the reading/protesting world against your
Death sentence by a Saudi court on most weak grounds.
What a great appreciation!
The public joins in a big event to condemn a refugee and a writer for writing beliefs, the foundational stone of great civilizations and clinging to them, not the ones enforced by blind systems.
Of course, I will not be joining any world-wide group but reading your poems
In my suburban Mumbai home and registering my tiny support to freedom of expression.
Mine is a subaltern voice not heard or found in any glam literary fest but it matters not because folks like me, middle-class, professionals, hard-working and angry with a greedy capitalism that keeps on reducing them to the hapless 99 % and this has become a real force as it has finally awakened and cannot be put down by hegemonic structures for long.
Ideas are material indestrubile. Dictators can never vanquish ideals and humanism.
The logic is simple.
More brutality; more resistance.
More Arab Springs will soon follow in frosty lands
More Occupy Wall Street campaigns across cities of the globalised village will erupt against One PPercent.
And more Ashraf Fayadhs blossom to oppose any totalitarian system through bare words and ideas potent to change the moribund!
I feel inspired by you, dear Ashraf, because, in the face of death, you refused to recant and decided to take on the Kafkaesque world by your bold stance.
By your courage you have proved the might of an individual who stands for democratic principles and that approach elevates your poetry many thresholds above from the anemic self-seeking poetry of today!
You are charged with blaspheme and atheism. Shelley, too, did the same.
Human rights are sacred and cannot be trampled.
Unknown to you perhaps, living in a cell, dear Ashraf, you have created your own religion of dissent and your actions have further sanctified the philosophy of literary resistance that has the power to topple notorious tyrants.
To-night, on other lonely nights, whenever low, I will be reading you to find inner strength to fight any system that stifles dissent.
You are our own
And they cannot kill the supporting millions!