The morning dove signaled the coming of a spirited soul.
The land that lay still for the night, woke to hymns of blissful delight
rendered by the sparrows, who occupied trees of great height.
The ever abundant river picked up his pace
as he brought fresh waters to wash away the weariness of the past day.
The saintly travelers of distant land
clad in saffron with matted brown hair
settled on the bank’s soothing grass
carrying bags of precious merchandise
meant for the one who comes with the breaking dawn
after the earth had been eclipsed by the gloomy sun’s shadow.
On a day when the living species
of the greenish-blue planet
witnessed two dawns - a phenomenon
was about to occur
as foreseen by the seers of yesteryears
who calculated the arrival of a Messiah
with the vanishing daylight.
Thus the seers clad in saffron awaited in a corner
When a crusader of holy origin armed with a sniper’s arrow
Took aim from the tree above
To drive home his poisoned silver into a heart of love.
The mist cleared for the messiah to set his foot on the land sacred
Wearing a robe of celestial colouring with a shepherd’s staff by his side.
His face shone with an unseen light and his eyes radiated a warmness
that melted the aim of the steadfast crusader perched on the tree.
But it was a divine providence for the crusader
to loosen the string on his bow that sped the arrow into the heart of gold
A cry of pain was heard as the crusader broke his neck
from the fall due to a lost grip on the tree.
The sniper’s target was not missed
as the messiah from the west of
lay in a bed of flowers breathing his last
to be reborn from the ashes
into the land of snake-charmers and great wisdom.
His rejuvenated life was spent wisely
Among teachers of great knowledge
And in caves of darkness and silence
In icy snow peaks where penance became a way of life.
For a decade or so his already free spirit liberated
But the spirited messiah proceeded back
to the town of his origin to finish a work undone.
And from across the ocean did he rise
No longer an ordinary mortal by any means
Did he preach his first sermon on the mount
That bound the rest of the humanity into a religion of love.