A Prayer That Be Plea - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
When a prayer is plea packaged in veil,
And puja1, a covert plea for His pardon,
When a Bandagi2 begs for heaven’s bail,
And worship for a vaunted place in sun;
When sacrifice be secret plea for fruits,
Charity seeks to reserve place in heaven,
Gift gets given to gain matching return,
Pilgrimage a pass-time, no search for roots.
Yet, bless me Lord that my hopes breathe alive,
I pray thee that in happy peace I rest—
Content in my luxury-laden nest,
I pray, let honey sweeten my beehive,
And as thou keepest supplying my store,
I swear I’d love thee if so all the more.
1. Puja: The Hindu worship, service offered to God.
2. Bandagi: The periodical namaz (kneeling) offered to
Allah by Muslims.
This sonnet is sung rather tongue-in-cheek and is a light
satire on prayers that be veiled pleas for wanting something
or the other and are not rendered as thanks-giving to God,
as all prayers should be.
- Sonnets | 17.11.08 |
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