Wishes for a Child I Never Had
I would want you not to be weak to the williwaw,
not to be vulnerable to whims of another. To be
girded with the resource to negotiate with niceties
of the nether. May you choose a domain that sways
in cadence to the music of your inscape.
An insight into the arts help salve upheavals time thrusts upon us.
May the marrow in your bones be nourished by the vitamin
of wisdom. May the seed of compassion cultivate a garden
of goodness enabling you to be a giver. May you be agile,
intuitive. May luck and its luster broaden your borders.
(First Published in The Open Mouse)
Sanjeev Sethi has published three books of poetry. This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015) is his latest. His work is in venues around the world. His poems recently appeared in Lunaris Review, Postcolonial Text, Squawk Back, Expound Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Chronogram, Otoliths, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.