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A Man of the Cloth

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A Man of the Cloth

A thin, frail man of the cloth
who went to England to study law at the age of 19
It was there that he was inspired by
Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’

On Jan. 30, 1948 at 5:12 in the evening
as he walked to a prayer meeting
Nathuram Vanayak Godge,
a young Hindu who opposed his views
approached him and bowed
A young girl in the group said
“Brother, Bapu is already late”
He pushed her aside and shot him...
three times in the chest
with a Beretta semi-automatic pistol

His last words were “Rama, Rama”
meaning to him ‘The same God’
Rama is derived from the Hebrew word ‘womb’
also meaning mercy and compassion
which is why it is said that he forgave his killer
before he died…

The name Mahatma means ‘great soul’
Just as Gandhi was inspired by Thoreau
Martin Luther King was in turn inspired by Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi. A thin, frail man of the cloth
who shook the world to its very foundations
And the battle rages on...

***Dedicated to the people of the country of Bangladesh, who have suffered yet another great tragedy...One of many in their very short history. Gandhi, by the way, strongly opposed the division of the two countries when they won independence...The title of this poem of course does not mean that Gandhi was Catholic or any other Christian religion. Gandhi practiced Hinduism, yet he was a true 'man of the cloth'...wearing only homemade loincloths and sandals

For Cyndi’s contest

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  1. Date: 11/30/2014 4:57:00 PM
    Wow Tim an impressive verse! How's the publishing going I haven't heard from you in too long! Hope Turkey Day was a good time for you & yours? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/30/2014 10:51:00 AM
    very very moving piece Tim- many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan x

  1. Date: 11/30/2014 1:03:00 AM
    TIM, Congratulations, thank you for the support. ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 4:58:00 PM
    Tim; This was very interesting to read. I remember the movie of Mahadma Gandhi. It was a great movie and he was a great man. So are you for sharing this with us...... Lucilla

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 11:01:00 PM
    Congratulations, in Cyndi's "LOVE LETTERS TO THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: " always & forever * Linda

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 7:42:00 PM

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 3:14:00 PM
    You see I told you so A WINNER Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 3:18:00 AM
    well done, i learned something. Congrats. Rick

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:33:00 PM
    One real and truly awesome write dear friend. Many congrats.

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 1:58:00 PM
    Tim congrats on your well deserve win. Connie

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 8:46:00 PM
    I should print this out, tape it all around town. Deserves to be read outside the reaches of soup, Sir. :) Congrats on the placement... real stuff. Really GOOD stuff. hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 9:05:00 AM
    Such an amazing and courageous person of humanity, and humility, this man......we who would learn so much by his example.

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 10:16:00 AM
    Thought provoking piece... their are so many great and wise leaders out there-- once again we are reminded of how humble Jesus was whilst on Earth.

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 5:24:00 AM
    Interesting lines that you have penned about Gandhi...I knew very little about him so this was new to me..Enjoyed reading this today..Thanks for stopping by my work and commenting..Sara

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 3:12:00 PM
    wow, tim this is a good one that I had missed!! Is it for the true story contest? I know it should do well then!

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 2:11:00 PM
    Tim, you have such an interesting way to bring your message across. This is a touching piece my friend. I hope your weekend will be a good one ;) hugs Wilma

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 12:30:00 PM
    oh my, you soar with this enlightened piece so greatly impressed in my heart, tim... glory be to peace and to your divine intent... beautiful!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 8:10:00 AM
    Hi Tim, This is a wonderful dedication to the Mahatma whose message of the efficacy of strictly non-violent means to fight injustice needs to be heeded today more than ever in the past..Thanks, friend, for your visit and words of encouragement which I value much!!

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 6:20:00 PM
    Very moving Tim, also very sad. This is an exceptional piece with an important message. I am honored to have read it.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 5:05:00 PM
    You are SO deep Tim, I bet this is a winner! //Don't know Cher where I came up with it from, I channeled it? It wrote itself [Cornered]// Light & Love