A tower of light of immeasurable height
The cosmic reach of the blessed city drew
men of all kinds. Craftsmen and tradesmen
Scholars and priests, merchants and mendicants.
Builders and boatsmen. Seekers of every kind
Flocked to suck at the teat of eternity.
Mother Ganga took an odd turn to embrace
this sacred space. Even ensnared the Great Lord
Shambho by its charm.
The great Kashi lost in the folds of human memory
Now left graceless by the invading hordes
and the callous kind who administer bereft of
the sacred touch, but of greed and indolence
of the worst sort.
May blessed Kashi rise again
And touch one and all with its