Colombo Telegraph

No Tears For Departed Attorney Generals

By Basil Fernando

C.R. De Silva

Why I have no tears for departed Attorney Generals:

Do we feel sorry for ones extinguishing the light

Leaving everything in the dark?

Is there any crime worse than

Killing the soul of a nation?

Is not justice the soul of the nation?


Subverting justice was raised
To an art.
Molding the young to lie
Without compunction.
Teaching the abductors and murderers
In uniform to lie under oath
And crafting them false affidavits
To subvert the writ of habeas corpus.
Cynically putting into wastepaper baskets
Thousands and thousands of letters
Written by mothers in tears.

Eloquently lying in august international forums,
Defending the indefensible.
All this for a post or a promotion,
For the proverbial 30 pieces of silver.
Turning upside down
The house of justice.


No, I have no tears

For departed Attorney Generals.

They killed the soul of my nation.

We are all dead now

Roaming in a justice-less nation.

Tears are for the citizens, the living

And those yet to come,

To the desolate nation.

No, I have no tears for departed Attorney Generals.

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