Bharathiyar Poem – Crop of Freedom

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Crop of Freedom

Floral Garland (Lament)
1.   Did we grow this with water? O Lord!
     This crop - we nurtured with our tears;
     Would you let it burn to ashes?

2.   Pouring solicitude as ghee1,
     We grew in our hearts – this vibrant lamp,
     Would you let it perish, O Merciful?

3.   After a millennium of dormancy,
     Came around this unexpected gem (of freedom),
     Would we let it fail?

4.   Righteousness would win, said the wise ones.
     Was that a lie?
     The consequences of karma - haven’t we suffered enough?
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