India

for LJ user indiancutie

Along its brown muddy banks, the Ganges
traces the lifeline of an ancient palm;
the left hand of Brahma, whose phalanges
grasp the waking world in a dreaming calm;

there is nothing his breath does not touch,
and no one lies outside his healing hand.
Yet, despite this, small differences make much
division throughout these old, sacred lands.

Gandhi saw this vision too – no fist curled
to fight – but sadly found too many blind
to the cloud of maya Vishnu floats,

holding fast the mad fabric of this world,
yet biding us to seek within to find
the jewel in the heart of the lotus.

08 MAR 2003

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