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Truth Always Prevails

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

The Background

This is an acrostic poem inspired by Brenda's Arledge's week 11 prompt "Proof". The poem tells the true story of a fearless journalist who not only exposed a corrupt system but also ushered in a new era of transparency and ethics.

The success of the journalist in fighting and winning against all odds is proof that truth always validates its invincibility at the end, no matter how impossible it initially appears to be.

As the great Elvis Presley has rightly said.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away

— Elvis Presley

Truth Always Prevails


They threatened him with dire consequences,
Ruffians roughed up his loved ones,
Unruly mobs demolished his hard-earned office,
Terror squads squashed his passionate followers,
Hoodlums closed down his fledgling newspaper.

Acrid allegations were leveled against him,
Liars conspired to hasten his downfall,
Witnesses were purchased, the jury was bribed,
Accounts were frozen, and political games were played.
Yet, he braved on, continuing his unequal struggle,
Suffering unimaginable horrors; he exposed the corrupt system.

Public outcry reached a crescendo,
Revolutions ignited in every nook and corner,
Effigies were burnt, politicians scampered for cover,
Victims valiantly came forward, and the system soon crumbled.
A new order emerged; he became a hero.
Intellectuals chartered a vibrant democratic constitution,
Laws were enacted, and his success proved the inevitable,
Swords and scimitars can never subjugate the mighty pen.

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 27, 2021:

Thanks Ann for your wonderful comments.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 27, 2021:

I couldn't find this in the feed the other day, so I'm glad it's here now.

I really enjoyed this. Your poetry has a strong depth to it. You're so right in that truth will out in the end and we have to face it. Keeping to the truth in the first place is so much easier, however humbling it might be.

Ann

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 27, 2021:

Thanks DEvika for your comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 27, 2021:

The truth always prevails, no matter when and how that is what one gets to eventually. You have took on this challenge with ease.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for your comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2021:

Sooner or later, we usually do learn the truth. I liked your poetry. There have been instances where journalists go to jail to protect their sources. Sometimes it takes bravery to stand up for the truth.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 26, 2021:

Ravi,

Your words in this acrostic poem, "Truth Always Prevails" are fantastic!

You have painted a clear perfect for us to follow from the beginning to the end.

How a journalist is threatened for unveiling the truth.

All the hardships him & his family went through as the corrupt ones attempt to bring him down.

Or quiet his pen.

Yet he stays the course and reveals the corruption within the system.

A new order is brought forth with new laws.

He is now a hero in the eyes of the people.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Great writing.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Lorna for your comments

Lorna Lamon on April 26, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's challenge which proves that truth is always powerful, however, sometimes it takes suffering in order for it to prevail.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for your comments

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 26, 2021:

Great work Raviji. Nice response to Brenda’s word prompt challenge.

I agree with you that, Truth always prevails.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful creation of yours.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Bill for the comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2021:

It would be nice if all journalists were more concerned with the truth and not sensationalism. Well done, my friend.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

This is an acrostic poem inspired by Brenda's Arledge's week 11 prompt "Proof". The poem tells the true story of a fearless journalist who not only exposed a corrupt system but also ushered in a new era of transparency and ethics.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 26, 2021:

What an amazing response to Brenda’s challenge, Ravi. I appreciate your efforts. You did it so well. I enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Truth Always Prevails

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 26, 2021:

Truth Always Prevails

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