Shrine of Love

Written by: S.Jagathsimhan Nair

Shrine of Love

I , the first-timer, am greeted at the gates of this shrine
By the roar of the seas and a  bower of tangled vines
With a two-in-one miracle rising in its middle
A  neem  tree  entwined  by a banyan in a huddle.

I  step inside the little space of  the temple  hallowed
To the sight of the wide seas, but a hundred feet below
And  walk to the railings to get a better view of things
To find,  on  the rocky ground  I stand , waves banging.

So close to the  seas but safe at a hundred feet’s height
The land extends as a wall to the viewers delight
Spangled on its sides with blooms and the top with trees. 
No sands and beach but dotted in places with fans of scree.

Take the thirteen ritualistic rounds around the deity
Wondering  all the while why it has got to be thirteen 
Prayers  for family done and  set, for home ,to  push off 
Mobile rings to bring from across the seas my friend’s  LOVE..

It was as if the  exotic  setting  got a new focus
With the caller holding line  I  pray  for  the two of us
While  I turned a  human  two-in-one like the twin-trees 
My friend on the phone heard  the temple drums with glee.