POEMS FOR GANDHI: Leonard Dabydeen

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BRIEF – MAHATMA GANDHI

Born: October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India

Full name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Assassinated: January 30, 1948, New Delhi, India



RACISM 

Deep in the colour of my skin, I live 

Heart to heart and rumble for peace within; 

I traverse this world for freedom, but give 

Not my pride for prejudice or chagrin. 

I walk not alone, but in footsteps 

Where the journey is long, but dream is strong; 

Where civil rights are mine, with no regrets 

That civil liberty is never wrong. 

Non-violence is my definitive creed, 

Through Gandhian spirit I strive and breathe; 

For you and I are equal without plead 

Where discrimination is full of seethe. 

Assassination leaves my world a cloud, 

Racism cannot be dressed in any shroud. 

*** 

OF TRUTH (Fib Poem)

How

to

begin

telling you

where to look for Truth

it speaks from your mind, and your heart.

When mind is weak, heart palpitates

and Truth becomes so

fragmented

fragile

as

glass.

 

 

NON-VIOLENCE (Fib Poem)

Take

your

weapon

down to ground

Earth is manifold

forbid war; make peace with neighbours.

When you make war, your enemy

is your restless mind

burning hate

raging

with

fire.

 

 

OUR FUTURE WORLD

 

In the end all men have to die. He who is born

cannot escape death.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi – Speech

at Prayer Meeting, New Delhi, January 15, 1948.

 

They who live by their own chagrin, acquire

moth that spiral in their mind without  peace;

fetch hate, animosity as desire

never to see our world a happy place.

 

Often times by foolish wit denigrate

our hopes and dreams  far beyond squint of eye,

they criticize and also peculate

day by day they usher grandiose lie.

 

Step by step we massage Gandhian thoughts

and follow in faith a path righteous

ahimsa our kindled lamp against krauts

satyagraha our stand prestigious.

 

Walking in Mahatma’s footpath joyous

we build our future world so enormous.



Leonard Dabydeen, Guyanese-Canadian  free-lance writer,  poet, and book reviewer. Author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012); A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci  Poems (2015).

1 comment :

  1. Thank you, Guest Editor, Santoshji, for including my poems in this Special Edition Poetry: Mahatma Gandhi: Legacy and Relevance. Special THANKS to the Editor of Setu Bilingual Journal.

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