Here I Am!


If you failed to recognise me,
Here am I!
Hidden beneath the mask of the idol…
you welcomed & worshipped,
painted & adorned with the best of jewels…
Around which you danced and offered your prayers…
The sculpture at whose feet you spent your ten days and nights…

Your tears of parting fell on my zardozi veil…
at the time of immersion…
I was right there, holding your hands …
Did you not see me ?

I walked along with you…

Sometimes as your mother…
nurturing and nagging you,

Sometimes as your teacher guiding
as well as punishing you against your wishes…

Many times as your grandma
blindly backing you or trying your patience…

Other times supporting you or challenging you as a sister or friend…

Each moment rejoicing in your success and taking the backlash of your setbacks…
I’ve been with you as your lover and wife…

So don’t be dismayed as the goddess leaves after her ten days of celebrations…
Because if you turn around and notice my presence…
You will be filled with the radiant essence,
which is her permanent residence…

Did you brace her spirit,
Or got lost in her ephemeral effigy?

Did you absorb the joy
or got absorbed by the carnival of it?

Did you know what she came here to remind you of ?
Or did you simply let it go past you without giving it an afterthought ?

HappyPujo !!!

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