They said - ' The kingdom of God is within you'
They said - 'Aham Brhamasmi' and 'Allahu Akbar'.
I looked inward– I was happy to find Him
Abiding within me, decked out in love, tolerance and harmony
And in such hues of kindness, patience and decency.
One day while I slept, priests crept in
Tore Him out of me and kept it in the temple of doom.
Then they said – 'Now look within you, you are empty,
You are bereft of God, sinner!'
Far away, through the swirling mist, I glimpse the Cross
From far away, adhan of the muezzin come drifting
From across the bridge and over the hills,
Tolling of the bell from the temple in the valley.
I wait, patiently, for the day
When God would break out of the box
And come running back to me.
************** Balachandran, Trivandrum, 23.12.2013