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Unshattered or Incomplete

Sunday, 11 February 2007 / Published in Poetry / 2,699 views

By Madhava Gosh

Shattered, as a crystal glass
dropped upon a temple’s marble floor?
Alas, my illusion is not so;
it bounces, resilient as a ball
onto a padded carpet,
where it waits for the cat
to find it and practice a death bite.

If lucky, the predator will tire
and bat away the ball
to the waiting foot of Krishna
who will kick it like a football
that bounces from one body to another
until I can sincerely pray
Let the me/mine of false ego
scatter at His lotus feet.

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