• If there were a Goddess of Peace

    Keki N. Daruwalla

    November 13, 2019

    George Chinnery, 'Indian Temple', watercolor, 12.5×16.7 cm, ca. 1808–12 | Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art


    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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