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Holy Man

Holy Man

What causes the sound of  
a crude sewing machine?  
Its needle in contact  
with its teeth or the  
pedal or its wheel? A  
tailor once said to me  
that God listens to us  
by wearing one of His: a  
robe of piety, a sandal  
of faith in pair. He  
pulls the cloth I  
brought and feeds it  
with ease to the hungry  
mouth on his lap. Faith  
is without seeing and for 
others a fantasy, he says,  
when you come face to  
face with Him is  reality. 
And in our  lifetime we had plenty  
of choices. In a shop of  
multicoloured ready-to-  
wear. Which one you’ll pick?
The polo shirt rushes its 
way from his hands to my 
torso. We exchanged views 
till sundown, stitched his  
thoughts into mine,  
unthread the locks and  
chains forward and then  
back, as if to say that  
life is so short without  
a pattern or shape. If I  
could only draw the  
formless and believe. Out 
the door with a coat 
for my nakedness. The 
weighing was not to  
be found wanting.    

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