The Mirror on India and Sistine Chapel

POETRY FORMAT, 20 Jun 2022

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Mirror mirror on the wall
Who is the best of them all
Is it books that you read
While you laid in your bed
Is it education that you got through toil
Or is it your pet dog that followed you all

I like to look at the mirror
To look inside myself deeper
And find that I appear
More like a mouse than a tiger
Wonder what happened to my body muscular
And my deep black mustache circular

Does the mirror only give an image of yourself
Or does it give a glimpse of people like you
Who lie down thinking when they looked like tigers
And ran like beautiful deer who have all but vanished
Because nobody gave them food when they famished
That image of people looking like you still lingers

The best image is of Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican Palace
Constructed more than six hundred years ago in Vatican City
The Chapel painted by Leonardo da Vinci — an engineer, a polymath
Even the famous artist Michelangelo painted part of the ceiling
By painting standing on a specially built scaffolding railing
The ceiling shows God nurturing humans by  breathing life in Adam

Vatican Palace — a Catholic monument used on special occasions
Whenever a new Pope is to be heralded and consecrated
Far most watched, is the painting of Mona Lisa by Michelangelo
Not only beautiful but tomes of articles on how she kept smiling
Despite the violence around her in Europe, that kept rising
But today Mona Lisa portrait is safe in the Louvre Museum, Paris

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci – Louvre


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.

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