DIWALI* / Poem by Dr. Jernail S Aanand

Poem by Dr. Jernail S Aanand

 

DIWALI*

You are welcome.
But don’t consume all our oil.
I am afraid at the ruins
That streets look the next day.

The poor feed on festivals.
They help them
deviate a bit
From the accursed routine.

In stead of thinking
the what
and why of their existence,
festivals divert them towards invisible performers.

Anaesthesia.
Which relieves you of pain
And high sounding noise
Stops your pain from reaching your brain.

We are ghosts inhabiting ruins
Dead long back
We are wishes which
Come to life and restart craving.

Diwali,
There was one Ram. One Ayodhaya.
And once you returned
To this waiting land.

I find people
joying in your name
Crackers candles and what not.
Leaving the next morning so dreary.

That is our life.
Dreary. Desolate. Joyless.
Expended like crackers and candles.
Will you listen O great Lord!

(* Famous festival of lights celebrates in India to mark the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhaya, after 14 years of exile and vanquishing Ravana, the Evil incarnate. The people welcomed him by lighting lamps.)

Dr Jernail S Aanand
All rights reserved @2018

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