Poetry 2018 Longlist, Bhupendra Kumar Dave

Let there be light

(prayer written on behalf of minor girls who live in fear of molestation and rape.)

O God from birth till death

Let there be good light

For   I   want     my   path

All shining   and bright

 

Burn not thousand suns

Nor   a thousand moons

But light a candle for me

Carrying all worthy boons

 

With these celestial boons

Sparkling     in   my   life

Let me march with delight

Unto my death all my life

 

Darken not a single thought

As if moon shut from night

Put   not   my   soul, O God

In   lonely   cage   of   fright

 

For thoughts that darkness

Sprouts in   any   mind

Darkens the darkness more

For the entire mankind

 

Dark are the graves of men

With hopes all gone in dust

Darkened by the acts of dark

Bones too are laid to rust

 

Yet we place an earthen lamp

On the grave’s opaque cover

For the bodies without soul

Those   are   blind   for   ever

 

What use is of the light?

That we mortal create

What charm in lying low

In the coffin we rivet

 

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