No Code, No Rule, No Language

Religion has a language!
Love has a code of conduct!
Life has its own rule!

Religion evolved with you.
Love and life kept
Changing…
Sides…
Hues…

Religion you thought
Was part of it…
Stories read out of
Bible in school…
Scripture classes
That you could even skip…
The morning prayer
Before the school began.

But the language changed…

The ritual…
The festivities…
The merriment…
The masses moving merrily

But suddenly there is
Noise…
Shattering the code of conduct
All rules…

Love changes color
Life tries to justify it…

And then the bang!

Blood! Body parts! Broken dreams…
Dead love! Life! Religion…

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, poet, author and translator. He has three published books to his credit. Air and Age (co-author; published from Kolkata), Soul Searching and Other Poems (first solo book of poems, published from Toronto) and Bougainvillea And Other Stories, a book of short stories in English, translated from the Bengali original. His poems have been published in Tuck Magazine, Harbinger Asylum, Literature Studio Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Leaves of Ink, Weasel Press, Dissident Voice, and Hans India among others. He is married and at present is staying in Vijayawada, India. Read other articles by Pranab.