Speech is one thing that makes us human
It helps us convey and tackle any situation
Persuasions, elocutions and confessions
Are all part of its ammunition.
Limiting its usage is a sinful action
As it’s a vital impetus towards a positive revolution
The freedom of Speech upholds this motion
And ensures to witness every citizen’s notion
Its importance spans a vast and diverse society
Where people are a billion and opinions infinity
Being free to speak tags along with it
The obligation to listen and heed.
And this is how the freedom of speech
Brings about change activists preach.
Now to those who stifle this verity
Nearly all ideas are capable of offence
For instance the case famous in history
Of Galileo’s and Darwin’s credence.
Censorship is rampant nowadays
Art, news and even journalists have fallen prey.
It achieves little that is positive
As it strangles thought that’s innovative.
The press seems to be the major casualty
Even though lucid governance is all it guarantees.
Conditions are bleak and deteriorating
Padmavati, sedition cases and online filters are just the beginning.
Globally, Charlie Hebdo and Sina Wiebo
Stand evidence to this ebbing scenario.
It’s sad, seeing places on continents
Deem treason for anti-government sentiments.
The solution to such restrain
Lies within the citizen.
As the best way to preserve free speech
Is by practising what we preach.
Selfish sentiments must be forsaken
For transparent and righteous redemption
Let the cartoonist sketch out the truth
And detain those provoked to arrest or shoot.
The few with unbarred access to speech
Must fight to fix this inhuman glitch.
They should give voice to the rising toll of the silent
And together be torch bearers to this assignment.
Freedom of speech is our birth right
So it’s our duty to keep it safe and make it rife.