Up at dawn, after a chilly winter night,
The house so dark and the floor so cold
Sleepy body and the niggling mind fight
The butter-knife, hands too numb to hold
"Sandwiches for school", last night my daughter told.
Suddenly the wind whistles through my window panes
I sense the presence of something bright
In my building's sleepy by-lanes.
My eyes widened at this unprepared sight
Was I witnessing the Divine Light?
Lo! and behold, the Lord appeared
My senses awakened beholding Him so near
Slowly, like drifting clouds, his hazy countenance cleared
My heart filled to the brim with joy, no place for fear
Was I, one of his blessed children, endeared?
He asked me three wishes to make,
I was among His chosen few
Some time to think, I asked if I could take
"Time and wishes, Both I would grant you",
"Be it fame, happiness or treasures new."
Silly temptations I must truly resist
But I do have many hearty yearnings
Yet, truthfully, with contentment I should persist
My wish-list is depressing, it focuses my lackings
However, first I decided to count my blessings.
He blest me, thoroughly with wholesome health
My wonderful children, a full family, loving
Food on my plate, roof on my head and adequate wealth
Everything I have, that the Heavens are giving
How ungrateful I must be, still to weep for the shortcomings!
"My child, are you done with your thinking now?",
Asked my Lord, shaking me from my pondering
I just joined my hands, lowering my head in a bow,
With gratitude in my eyes and my mind clear of absurd wanderings,
I said,"Dear God, this grief stricken world needs a shower of your Blessings!"