They say, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’.
I am in the fathomless bottom of the
Wells of anonymity for the past nineteen years!
Suffocated and yet dedicated, I beckon to the
God who avengess innocent blood,
‘My God, my God, why have you
Forsaken my cause?’
When will you deliver me
From the snares of the wicked who
Lurk in secret like a lion in its covert?
From the criminals who thwart the judiciary?
My mother trained me,
‘Even though you walk through the
Darkest valley, have no fear (=Abhaya)
For, God will comfort you.’
My father instructed me,
‘Keep away from the company
Of evil doers.’
Will their tears and prayers go unheeded?
I was christened as an infant,
Walked to the chruch for twelve years
Memorizing the ‘Ten Commandments’
‘Thou shall not commit adultry,
Thou shall not kill’.
I was kneeling at your confessional
Owning my venial sins of white lies,
Petty thefts and trivial acts of disobedience.
And on the day of my religious vows
I committed myself to virginity,
Holy poverty and obedience.
But at the age of twenty four,
Devout and ever faithful
Too inexperienced to grasp the
I was looted and plunderd of
All my purity and life itself.
And how predictable Tagore Was!
“When it was day they came
to me and said ‘we shall
help you in the worship
of your God. But in the darkness of night
I find they break into
my sacred shrine, strong
and turbulent, and snatch
with unholy greed the
offerings from God’s altar”
I await the dawn of vindication
For many a good heart
Try Pulling me out from this deep abyss.
Can I still trust the legislature?
Will the Just Judge pronounce the supreme Judgement?
‘Oh daughter of Zion, rejoice
in your deliverance.’