IMAGES OF INDIA
In this cycle of life, I look to see a land
Where peace, love, and purity was created by God's hands
The smell of tamarind, incense and many other things fill the air
I don't care just happy to be here
The bull goes where ever, the dog sleeps in the middle of the street.
A family of five balance on a motorcycle defying gravity
The blind *guru listens to the clink of a coin.
*Aap ke lie gud karma, he would say
In this cycle of life, I hope to find me.
This soul comes home to find it's reality.
To hear the words brings life new meaning.
In the doorway, two *Lakshmi wait to greet me.
One with her many hands of protection and prosperity
The other holding a plate of *sabzi and *chapattis
It is like a king's feast after a long journey.
In this cycle of life, I return to land.
To the place where the deities stand
Under the trash and dust of the streets
Is mother India the origins of peace, love, and purity
On the cab's dash sits *Ganesh looking at me.
To make sure my journey is obstacle-free
Heading up the mountain on *Abu road a troop of *bandaras
Sit on the hood of a car waiting for their next meal.
In the schoolyard
Children play *Kho, Kho, and *poshum pa
It makes me think of simpler days
Wishing I was still a child today
India is my long lost family
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