Why Go Live By the Ganges?

by Ramprasad Sen

Why go live by the Ganges?

I’m going to sit here
and chant Mother’s name.

Why leave home
and live somewhere else?

At Her feet I have
hundreds of Ganges and Gayas.

Ramprasad says:
There’s shelter enough
at Kali’s feet.
I’m not the kind of a son
who calls a stepmother
Mother.

—from Grace and Mercy in Her Wild Hair, by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely

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