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Theme: Mercy

You are Not God, But You can be An Angel

You are not God
But -
You can be an angel,
Of mercy and kindness,
Towards the deprived,
Said one-eyed grandpa,
A wounded war veteran,
To his crying grandson.

Asked the orphan,
By being gentle with
God’s gentle creatures,
Roaming His diverse Kingdom,
Replied the dying man.

I will, said the child,
Stop hitting the squirrels,
And pigeons;
Do not stop there, my son,
Said the grandfather,
A brave soldier who fought
For honour and freedom.

Talk sweetly to the elderly,
The street urchins and others,
That need only a warm hug and a smile,
Spread cheer in lonely lives,
And, my dear son,
Wipe away the tears of a child,
Sitting alone,
On a wintry night,
The steps of a cathedral,
Or, a temple,
Because God sees you
Through those brimming
Innocent eyes.

I will,
Said the sobbing child,
What else?
O, Dear,
Just remember,
Stop hating others,
Because hate destroys
Not them but
Ultimately you as well,
And, never ever,
Hurt others by cruel words,
More lethal than guns

And that was the last sermon
Given by the tough
Battle-hardened forgotten soldier
To a sensitive child, wide-eyed,
Sitting near the bed, a dark room,
In a gloomy run-down house,
That could not be maintained on
A little government pension. 


More By  : Dr. Sunil Sharma

Views: 1426     Comments: 9

Comments on this Poem

Comment Thanks a lot: Deeksha.

05-Dec-2012 07:07 AM

Comment a very touching thougit sir

05-Dec-2012 04:18 AM

Comment Dear rdashby,
Thanks for reading so closely. Interpretations vary. This might be right also.
Thanks again.

03-Dec-2012 23:30 PM

Comment >that was the last sermon
Given by the tough
Battle-hardened forgotten soldier
To a sensitive child,<

Very touching; but does it not imply:a (sensitised) battled-hardened veteran looking at himself as a child.

03-Dec-2012 10:29 AM

Comment Thanks a lot Tariq Bhai and Madhumita for your support.

02-Dec-2012 21:33 PM

Comment Dear sir .
thanks for shareing .such type of poem should be in sylebus so next generation aware the values of our nation n culture.

tariq ansari
02-Dec-2012 13:44 PM

Comment Beautiful poem...Blakean Innocence

Madhumita Ghosh
02-Dec-2012 10:43 AM

Comment Thanks a lot Sony Dalia for your perceptive comments. We need to propagate humane values more vigorously now. Poetry and famous senior poets like Dalia and Rajender Krishen can do a lot in this direction.
---Sunil Sharma

02-Dec-2012 09:55 AM

Comment Yes, Prof Sunil ji.We need a sobering advice as conveyed in this poem for educating the educated uneducated, uncivil folks, who take delight in driving barbs through tender souls and enjoying the fun.Even a tiger won't hunt when not hungry.Some folks chase squirrels, rabbits till they drop dead due to exhaustion.Dire need to check streaks of cruelty,sir.Regards.

Sony Dalia
02-Dec-2012 07:54 AM

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