POETRY: YOUR CONSCIENCE WAS MY SIGN ON

 Copyright@shravancharitymission

By Kamlesh Tripathi

CONSCIENCE CONSCIENCE1

YOUR CONSCIENCE WAS MY SIGN ON

IN PURSUIT OF YOU I PRAYED AND PRAYED,

WITH YOU BEHIND I STRAYED AND STRAYED,

KNOWING WELL YOU’LL PROTECT ME FROM ALL DISGRACE,

AS THE WORLD LOOKS UP AT YOU WHEN IN DIRE STRAIGHTS.

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IN ALL MY WRONGS YOU WERE A PARTY,

AS I CHURCHED AND TEMPLED TO KEEP YOU HAPPY,

I DIVORCED MY DISOBEDIENT CONSCIENCE TO BE WITH YOU,

AND IN ALL MY ENDEAVOURS I ONLY SAW YOU.

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YOU GOT ME NAME FAME WEALTH AND RICHES,

YOU MADE ME AN ICON TO EXEMPLIFY MASSES,

I WAS GOING GREAT GUNS,

TILL ONE DAY IT ALL STOPPED HAPPENING,

AND GOD IT IS TIRING THEREON.

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SON YOU GOT ME ALL WRONG,

I WAS NEVER IN FOR WRONGS, AND I’M DEAF TO SONGS,

AND NO MORE CAN SEE MY OWN CHURCHES AND TEMPLES,

PERHAPS GOD HAS NOW LEFT AND GONE,

AND MERE MAKEOVER AND MATERIALISM IS ON,

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AND CHILD WHEN YOU WERE BORN,

I WAS AROUND,

AND I COME TO EACH CHILD THAT IS BORN,

TO LEAVE MY SIGN ON.

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BUT GOD I DIDN’T FIND YOU WHEN I WAS BORN,

SO I KEPT LOOKING FOR YOU IN TEMPLES, CHURCHES AND MY BYGONES,

AND LATER I DISCOVERED YOU IN MY PROSPERITY AND RICHES,

TILL ONE DAY IT WAS ALL GONE.

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DEAR SON YOUR CONSCIENCE WAS MY SIGN ON,

UNTIL ONE DAY YOU ASKED MY ‘SIGN-ON’ TO CARRY ON,

AND SINCE THEN YOU WERE ON YOUR OWN,

FOR I WAS LONG GONE.

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