If there were a Goddess of Peace
November 13, 2019
If there were a practicing goddess of peace
she would have celebrated
the judgement of the Five.
The trouble is goddesses of peace
are hard to find; gods
and goddesses of war
throng the bar in plenty.
Is mythology also arraigned
against genuine peace
(as against the spurious one)
and votes for dome bashers?
This leads to another question,
does humanity deserve peace?
Must ask Derrida or Foucault,
though I haven’t read the buggers.
Peace is not a scribble of words
dictated to a key pad in a musty room;
it is a cloud in summer
that keeps you from the sun.
The goddess of peace
had there been one
would have been disturbed
at the sight of a temple coming up
on a carcass of domes.
Keki N. Daruwalla is an Indian poet and short story writer. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his poetry collection The Keeper of the Dead. He also won the Commonwealth Poetry Award (Asia) for his poetry volume Landscapes.
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