Bangla Sahib Gurudwara


By  Ashok Bhargava


the crowds flock to the shrine

like bees to the flowers

for the nectar.


and remain oblivious

to the joys and despairs of

other drifters.


I look forward to eternity

but what I seek

no longer exists here.


*Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, New Delhi, was once a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh in the 17th century and five years old Guru Har Krishan Sahib stayed there. He died of smallpox, aged just eight years.