Venkateswaran Krishnan Sreenivasan

(JULY 14,1935 / ERNAKULAM, KERALA, INDIA)

The dwindling prayer


I was taught to pray at the age of five
For my father and mother and siblings five
To bless my parents to be healthy for long
And my brothers and sisters from doing wrong

Studying at school, I began to pray
To excel in the exams, arts and play
And after the studies for a job and pay
And then looked forward to my wedding day

On the wedding day we took the oath to pray
To love each other with whole heart
In weal or woe till death do us part
And share and care through life all the way

Constricted vision makes our circle of prayer
Despite worldly wisdom, narrower and narrower
May love and peace reign on earth
For all! Our scriptures proclaim its worth

Submitted: Saturday, April 19, 2014

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