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Below is the poem entitled MADE IN BANGLADESH which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Beloved, your ear is a small shell; I will whisper Om Namah Narayana
Beloved, our lovely daughter is too young to tell, Om Namah Narayana

You were water, my life, a spring from which I’ll never again draw
You were pure joy, my wife, again I moan, Om Namah Narayana

I will dress you in red for you were a ruby, even the sun set in awe, 
I will live though I am dead; Lord Vishnu, I groan, Om Namah Narayana

Here, kneels the remains of a man, already despair has begun to gnaw, 
Here, my soul drains,  as I once more whimper, Om Namah Narayana

We will fight for change.. forever... forever... til every frozen heart thaws
And may those guilty ... never... oh, never....  hear Om Namah Narayana

This poem is dedicated to the 1,127 people who were killed in Bangladesh, in a building collapse on April 24th, 2013. 1,127 people.... the number should bring us to our knees and move us to action!

About this poem

According to Hindu beliefs, if someone dies alone, the sacred prayer, Om Namah Narayana is to be spoken into the ear of the deceased.

It is difficult to translate the full meaning of this mantra. The SamaVeda (Hindu Scripture) reads: "'Om Namo Narayanayeti mantra upasaka Vaikuntha bhuvanam gamishyati', or "Whosoever chants the 'Om Namo Narayana' mantra reaches the ultimate goal Vaikuntha planet where one attains eternal blissful life." Vaikuntha is the supreme spiritual abode; there is nothing that exists beyond Vaikuntha, Vaikuntha means 'no desires'.

May such a tragedy never occur again. 

This is not a traditional Ghazal, as I have not kept syllable count AND
I have played loose with the rhyme scheme.

But this came from my heart, and so I listened...

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  1. Date: 7/6/2013 11:03:00 PM
    Congratulations, in Cyndi's "LOVE LETTERS TO THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: " always & forever * Linda

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  1. Date: 7/6/2013 5:48:00 PM
    WOW...magnificent and thank you so much for the educational info...just absolutely stunning verse and emotion. congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:44:00 PM

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 3:32:00 AM
    Cindy thank you for this emotional and heart felt poem. Let's hope the big companies were listening and insist on better safety practices from their suppliers.

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 8:41:00 PM
    Cindy... I love how your speak about the sorrow using such a beautiful words..this poem surely touching my heart..thank you for sharing this..and thank you for sponsored a contest with an outstanding theme.. *hug*

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 2:02:00 PM
    Cyndi congrats on you wonderful win. Connie

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 7:07:00 AM
    Cyndi, my pal, You bring tragedy to searing beauty in the word. So many are given so much to endure. I hope you have been well; the little one must grown with a family of her own by now (ha ha). Thank for your sweet comment on the typewriter. I attend a meeting every week in the old Borge house in Southbury, Ct. I'll bet he'll be pleased with this one as he ghostly flies tomorrow when I go.

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 7:04:00 AM
    Very hard-hitting...damn.

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 6:19:00 AM
    you have such a huge heart. I really love the feeling of this poem. It is so beautiful as well as heartfelt.

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 12:55:00 AM
    You are very passionate about this and it shows deeply in your poem. Exceptionally moving. SuZ

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 12:06:00 AM
    Poignant and beautiful yet sad..educational too..always listen to your,Deb