Today, we shall sit together
And say a prayer.
Prayers have power and group prayers
Take one to those heights
Where angels are not afraid to tread.
Let us pray for the vulnerable first,
That ritualistic child abuse will disappear,
Child labour will be inexistent
And all children will have equal opportunities
For food, shelter, clothing, love and education.
Let the muslin saree flutter
Freely in the air,
Let the dress get the respect they deserve
And the salwar kameez worn with pride
By girls and women without whom
No one can exist.
Like vapour, let sex trafficking evaporate,
Like snow, may rape melt
And may no woman be battered.
May men get respect without discrimination,
Whether they are Ministers or food growers,
Single or married, gay or differently abled.
With enlightening radiance, may they build
A world where nature is treated as a goddess
And animals protected so that they
Walk by us, fearless
And head held high.