MY HEART—MY JESUS OF TIMES
He had a straightforward and kind heart whereas she had a sweet but slimy and cunning tongue
In the eternity of a lifespan,
There was hardly a downtime,
When the kind heart stopped blessing,
And the cunning tongue stopped maligning.
For heart was naïve,
Heart was kind,
And it was caring and forgiving,
Just like the Jesus of his times.
And it had a straight tongue,
To remind about the tough times,
In the journey of a lifetime.
the cunning tongue was sweet but vicious,
And had imbibed all the sickness,
From the seeds of wickedness,
And it had a cunning mind,
That wanted to outlast,
The Jesus of his times.
And all along in the merry-go-round of life,
Whenever the slimy tongue,
And kept forgiving,
Which the maligning tongue, kept accepting,
But even with all the rapturous showers of life,
Tongue had her own designs,
Of the wretched kind,
It kept cribbing,
The Jesus of his times.
Yet the heart kept overlooking,
Kept forgiving and forgetting,
In all its rigours.
But for the Jesus of times,
It was now only heartfelt regrets,
That it had a heart of gold,
Laced with a straight soul,
Not appreciated by the other soul.
Even when it spoke for values,
And for virtues,
But now time was running out.
For kind heart had nowhere to go,
In this world of rogues,
When the Jesus within,
Made a comment.
Fear not my child,
Of the slimy tongue,
So continue to woo,
The wisdom of truth.
And come with me son,
Leaving behind that maligning tongue,
To its audience,
That lives in abundance.
What you sow you reap,
And slime can never bring sweet.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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