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Thinking Diwali*


( for BJ )

Light the lights
yet will we fight the fights?
on Diwali
the night of nights
Come celebrate
still shall we nurture hate?
on Diwali
the light of lights
Let the feast begin
yet feed the beast within?
on Diwali
the right of rights
Come swigging milk and mead
cling yet to caste and creed?
on Diwali
the rite of rites
Now the lamps peaceful reign
at dawn back to war again?
on Diwali
the sight of sights
Joy for just a little bit
how very brief that lamp is lit?
on Diwali
have done with blight?
Make a vow to disavow
such paradox here and now?
this Diwali
Let there be light!
* Diwali, festival of lights, falls on October 24 in 2022

[© R.Kanth 2022]


Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)

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