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Perhaps the
gods laugh
at our self-
destructive gaffe
of acting like
gods.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS
we fool ourselves
don't we
in the name of god

sanctimoniously
we walk
    with heads high
aloof and aloft
nose tilted  toffee nose
greater and better
than the
others
in the name of god

listen to the music  the
raaga
the melody of eternity
immortal
the archetypal ultimate coexistence
    of time and space and being
in the amorphousness of energy pervading the world
that some believe is here for personal use
not understanding it is here
not for us  but we are here for it
and
don't we not forget as the neocons and the coalition
    of the willing
    are
    now forgetting...
    that god does not listen to the rich only
    and cannot be bribed
    by eloquence
    and the veneer of affluence
which is not affordable to those without eloquence
who do not possess the means to bribe man
or god whom he fears

why invoke the name of god falsely
to do the dirty work
in the name of god!


Poem from if only the gods were awake by Gary Girdhari, A
Guyana Journal Publication, New York, USA, May 2011.

in the name of god
Gary Girdhari
ACTING LIKE
GODS
GARY'S CHOICE
MYSTIC LOVE
INDIAN TANTRA
BY
ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
BRITISH SITAR PLAYER
AND COMPOSER
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
Gary, a Guyanese-
American living in
New York, is the
Editor and Publisher
of the
Guyana Journal.
Trained in the
natural sciences, he
ventured into the
world of poetry in the
mid-1990s.

His poems in
if only
the gods were awake

were written over
several years. They
speak to nostalgic
feelings, emotions
and love, nature and
society, war and
peace, and
philosophy.  
Gary Girdhari
Front Cover - if only the gods were awake by Gary Girdhari

I write poetry because something or someone out there
excites my thought processes. My poetry relates to
people, matters, and things that I care deeply about.
Poetry for me provides a very private space that allows
freedom of imagination - to look out into the distance
and marvel, and, contrariwise, to look for openings to
the heart from a distance.
GARY GIRDHARI: Excerpt from the Introduction to his poetry
collection,
if only the gods were awake, May 2011

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