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EXECUTION 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 in a family of artists, writers and musicians in Boston. He is a graduate of Harvard University, now semi-retired. His poems have been published in various journals and magazines, such as The Evansville Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Ararat, California Quarterly, Permafrost, Chaffin Journal, Freefall.