A living, breathing, organism.
Centuries old. Rooted in history.
Mute witness to the cyclicality of civilization.
And the linearity of time
Solitary. Proud. Strong.
Incompatible with today.
A hark back to the times that were.
Before the city lost out to progress and modernity.
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Christian vs Muslim vs Hindu.
Versus Jew. Versus Buddhist.
Sikh. Yazidi. Zoroastrian. Atheist.
Brahmin vs Backward. Sunni vs Shia.
Native vs Immigrant. Local vs Settler.
Nation vs Country. Tribe vs Tribe. Brother vs Brother.
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Father Time. Mother Nature. Mankind as their children. Continue reading →
* In this mad race,
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Who are they who defend God?
Did He ask them to?
If He is All Powerful, why does He need defending? I was told He would take care of us, not that we would need to look after Him.
If He is the Creator, why do they destroy?
Who heard Him cry out for revenge? Why didn’t the neighbours hear Him? Why don’t you and I? If He can speak to them directly and call them to war, why did He send us avatars and apostles and prophets and angels of peace?
Is He happier now that murders in His name have been committed? Was He happy when they slaughtered kids earlier? Or do they hear from a different God in a language the rest of us don’t understand?
If every deed done by man is done in His name, why does man do misdeeds?
What is this mind for, if the hand is to kill? Why did He give us reasoning and the power of intellect if He wanted them to be subsumed by base metal and sharp edges of a sword?
Who lies? Did He? Surely not. The holy books? I think not, but if they did why are they holy?
Or is it they who lie?
Questions. Questions. Questions aplenty.
Can the defenders of faith defend themselves from the questions I ask?
It’s the shortest bridge ever.
Although you cannot see the other side.
What lies across,
Where it leads to
No one knows.
To pass over, it takes an instant.
But you have to live a lifetime to do so.
It connects two worlds.
All that’s past. And the future.
Pass over it, everyone must.
You don’t know when.
But pass over it, oh yes, you must.
And there’s no coming back.
It brings forth anxiety in people.
And it leaves behind sorrow.
In those to whom you’ve bid adieu.
And when it’s my time
I hope the road beyond
Shalom! Salaam! I come in peace, brother
I’m one of you, I’m not the other
Forget what’s happened, it’s all in the past
Let’s build something together, something to last
What’s done is done, let it be forgotten
We’ve all got to live under the same sun
Not Christian, not Hindu, neither Muslim, nor Jew
You’re just like me and I, like you
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Today, I am afraid of sending my child to school
Not knowing what she will learn
From books that oft teach false gospels
From teachers who know no better
Today, I am afraid of taking her to a place of worship
Not knowing whom she will bow to
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When the curtain will come down
And a nothingness will pervade
What will fill the void? Continue reading →