Our Friend

POETRY FORMAT, 12 Oct 2020

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Met a person after many a day
Seeing me he wished me Good Day

Where were you all this while?
He replied,
I was very near, not even a mile
Maybe you were too occupied

Very near my home
I failed to understand

I was in the waters, in the air
In the flowers, in the soil’s layer

I still could not comprehend
Who are you, what is your intent?

I have no bad intent
If I had one,
I would not be your friend

I fell silent

Hey, I am Oxygen
I keep waters and air clean
I let the fish to swim and survive
I let the flowers to breathe
I am a friend of everyone
Not a bad person for anyone

Hurry, make a friend of this guy
Before he wishes you good bye
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Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi. ravipbhatia@gmail.com


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