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Gandhi

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 14, 2012

Gandhi

By Gene Romolo

Life, burning low like candle flame,
Ruthlessly has been snuffed out.
The red-stained, traitorous hand of Cain
Has reached and slain another,
Who taught and lived the law of peace
And brother’s love for brother.

Gandhi, India’s saint has gone,
Has left an earth distressed,
An India with freedom won,
But with a bleeding breast.
Will India revere her dead,
By scabbarding the sword,
And walk by light her leader shed
To heal a wounded world?

Even as Gandhi’s heart throbs ceased
He lit a last great torch for peace.

(1949)



4 Comments »

  1. Love it! Ardis, when shall ye provide the source? :-)

    Comment by Tod Robbins — February 14, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Also, more from Gene Romolo: http://goo.gl/R89mS

    Comment by Tod Robbins — February 14, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

  3. I’ll send you the source, Tod. Check your email.

    Thanks for the link, too. I’m not even sure whether “Gene” is a sister or brother, but the poem you link to certainly confirms the poet’s Mormonness.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 14, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  4. Interesting. I thought that Ghandi had a mixed reputation in Mormondom, but you’d never know it by this poem.

    Comment by The Other Clark — February 15, 2012 @ 10:07 am

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