Syarif Oppusunggu, an Indonesian Poet pays homage to Benazir Bhutto by his poem “Goodbye, Warrior of Democracy...”


For Former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, and the family she left.

“A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life
for his friends”
(Proverbs 17:17 and John 15:13)

And we are your friends, Bhutto!
Friends in struggling for democracy enforcement
Friends in struggling for fighting wickedness
Friends in struggling against poverty
Friends in struggling for human values

“Better a patient man
than a warrior”
(Proverbs 16:32a)

And you are a patient woman, Bhutto!
Patient in getting education
Patient in friendships
Patient in struggling with family
Patient in turbulence and fight
Patient in going through a period in exile.

“a man who controls his temper than
one who takes a city.”
(Proverbs 16:32b)

And you are a woman who
controls yourself, Bhutto!
When there was a compromise bargaining
for the sake of power,
you’d better choose your inner self
for the sake of democracy.

When death threatening came on and on,
you fought against it not with anger,
but with a statesmanship smile
with calm and rigidity.

When your coming home from exile
stained by the damned with suicide bombs
that killed hundreds of lives and
hurt hundreds of people,
you stayed unshaken and affirmed more and more
to run for leader of country.

When your dad was hung,
you cried with a rigid spirit.
At that time you were a student.
There was no revenge in your heart,
but God vision planted inside.

You appeared as a charismatic heroine
The first and youngest woman
who leads Pakistan people
in various struggles.

Now you went away and left us
by projectiles piercing your neck and chest
followed by spilling blood, screaming and shouting
tens of people endangering their lives
and tens of people hurt.

We shout in fury and anger,
but your smile looks like saying,
“Be patient and have a rigid spirit... democracy
needs a heart that is full of love.”

Goodbye, our warrior
you are the heroine, warrior of democracy...
Your fighting spirit stays flaming in heart!!

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