You are not God but can be an angel

You aren’t God but can be an angel
You are not God
But—
You can be an angel,
Of mercy and kindness,
Towards the deprived,
Said one-eyed grandpa,
A wounded war veteran,
To his crying grandson;
How?
Asked the orphan,
By being gentle with the,
God’s gentle creatures,
Roaming His diverse Kingdom,
Replied the dying man;
I will, said the child,
Stop hitting the squirrels,
And pigeons;
Do not stop there, my son,
Said the grandfather,
A brave soldier who fought
For honour and freedom,
Talk sweetly to the elderly,
The street urchins and others,
That need only a warm hug and a smile,
Spread cheer in lonely lives,
And, my dear son,
Wipe away the tears of a child,
Sitting alone,
On a wintry night,
Outside
The steps of a cathedral,
Synagogue,
Mosque,
Or, a temple,
Because God sees you
Through those brimming
Innocent eyes;
I will,
Said the sobbing child,
What else?
O, Dear,
Just remember,
Stop hating others,
Because hate destroys
Not them but
Ultimately you as well,
And, never ever,
Hurt others by cruel words,
More lethal than the guns,
And that was the last sermon
Given by the tough
Battle-hardened forgotten soldier
To a sensitive child, wide-eyed,
Sitting near the bed, a dark room,
In a gloomy run-down house,
That could not be maintained on
Little government pension.

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

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