Hallelujah

Written by: S.Jagathsimhan Nair

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti:

A faith-lit  path in forlorn lands
Hold no wrath,  it's ever at hand
You didn’t know it a bit, did you?
Doling out truth in terms of myth
Not far away to be one with
And meld with the chant 'Om Shanti '

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti

There  need not be any  hurry
Though  caught in unusual worry 
Stealing the light from  stars were you
Striving for success  through dare-do’s
Reuse the old ruse through and through
Gave once the heave-ho, Om Shanti.

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti

And from the dark  the blue bird sang
One  viewed its shades as out it rang
It did't declaim in haste like you 
Shifting the fake  to the forefront
Gifting hate  to the  mate upfront
Time to go back to  Om Shanti

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti

The voice that makes everyone  halt
The choice they make without a fault
In the  detours taken by you
With a lease that too soon ran out
Before one was up and about
The help sought after, 'Om Shanti'

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti

Whose was the idea of a  truce
The false  promise that would seduce
Without omission all but you
Nowhere  was it an entity
Wherever  searched for  purity
To fall back, spent, on Om Shanti

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti

Shivering on cold river sands
Sharing our paltry minds and hands
Basics are wearing  thin for you
Suffering  to  arrive at last
Ashore and safe so very fast
Drowning only in Om Shanti

Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti
Shanti shanti.....Shanti shanti


29th Jan 2013
S.Jagathsimhan Nair
An imperfect   imitation  of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, submitted for FRANK H’s contest

Entry for pd's second chance poems on 21 feb 13