Our National Divali
Harry S. Sharma

Let the bells chime,
the conch shells echo
and the drums beat,
and all mingle into a
single rhythmic sound;

Let that sound go forth,
from this day on,
into generations and
resound on this Divali Day.

For here a people
from diverse lands
parted by seas have come;

And here a people
of many shades,
with traditions and culture so pure;

Have but little left
from the trials and tribulations
they each, in their own way,

Like in the beginning,
by sweat and blood
to customs and traditions so strange,
Sacrificing their very own,
they have carved
a Nation
out of many
dwell ... together ... in ... Unity.


Published in Express Divali Supplement,
Sunday November 6, 1988.