• The Museum God

    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

    June 10, 2017


    Gods wait inside a museum
    In California;
    Shiva entranced in a dance,
    Is unseen by
    The Buddha – he meditates
    Trees that help him breathe
    Are saints too,
    They gift away their wisdom
    Like trees do –
    In silence, rustling the sound
    Of endurance.
    Do gods secured in museums
    Remember us?
    Or they no longer care for us,
    We who forgot
    The sermons below the tree?
    They wait for us
    In museums – a safer option,
    Than returning to
    A world uncured by holiness.



    Featured Image Courtesy Ananya Vajpeyi.

    Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is a poet and a faculty member at School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, New Delhi. His poems have appeared in The London MagazineNew Welsh ReviewRattle and other journals. Ghalib’s Tomb and Other Poems (2013), published by The London Magazine, is a poetry collection to his credit.

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