Bless Us Lord for the Sin-Free Life We Are Living First Published in “Lift Your Voice”, Kissing Dynamite, Oct 2019 I stare with my gaping mouth mock and revere at this whimsical reality eyes rolling in disbelief head bowed in silence knees scraping at the pew to absolve my sins We only bow down to the fear of the unknown the fear of being punished by an exalted God in heaven carved in our faith surviving generation through reams of yellow-tinged holy scriptures Surrounded by a million slithering tongues and roving eyes flooded by the shining spotlight waiting for it to become a trend to become a sensation, for the ignorant minds to be aware of the writhing pain it has to catch fire and burn. Leaving marks on our suppurating skin seething with blisters in pain of losing a loved one, a life, a country, an identity. It takes a million to march and protest on the roads the sun scratching their faces burnt and scathed by the injustice screaming in silence-- gutted like a fish in the open streets thick blood staining the curbside Of the lands we boisterously own The nakedness of humanity staring in the gaping hole in his chest shot in the broad daylight in the middle of the goddamn market We turn our eyes in shame moves our heads in disbelief and thank our gods in heaven to spare our loved ones the ones we love-- the ones we really care We move with our twisted spine towards the house of gods to worship the one sitting in heaven to suck away all our pain and bless us with the sin-free life we desire---a life in vain.
Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based award-winning poet, editor, and blogger. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick, Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with Literary Journal “Life and Legends”. She is the author of a chapbook (“A Potpourri of Emotions”, Local Gems Press, NY). Her 500+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Studios, HUDSON Reporter, Kissing Dynamite, American Writers Review, Dime show review, Rainbow Project among others where she received her Pushcart 2020 Nomination. Megha is a Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020 winner and National Level Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020 winner. Shortlisted in Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA), Adelaide Literary Award 2019 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020(UK), iWomanGlobalAwards 2020(India), TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020(USA), Poetry Super Highway 2020(USA). Her works have been selected numerous times by the Jersey City Writers Group and the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”.She co-edited anthologies (“The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blu(e) Press). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.