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 lustre broaden your borders.
Copyright © Sanjeev Sethi, 2016
The recently released, This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury) is Sanjeev Sethi’s third book of poems. His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Otoliths, Off the Coast, Hamilton Stone Review, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.