by Badri Raina
Invisible and ubiquitous like the *aam aadmi,
You lend mass to high-falutin matter.
Never in the limelight, your godlike presence
To groups, parties, institutions, sea,
Sky, stars, universes beyond cognizance.
Being absent, you suffuse all that is;
Prophets, scriptures, leaders,
Philosophers, poets, speculators
But the fizz.
Your monumental shadowiness,
Real and touchable,
Makes monkey of the priest,
And sets up the materialist and the atheist.
Deferring to the human brain,
You make your prowess known
To the hard-working homo sapien.
O Boson petite, that lends weight
To the falsely ponderous,
Lead us now to the combust
And whence that came, and why;
Lead us to a cause that makes
Idle archives of pointless
And coercive dogmas die.
*aam aadmi: an ordinary man