Religion


Red Rivers of Blood have gushed since ages on this Earth,
Edging past the corpses of Men, who had a different Birth.
Land, Wealth or Women, never led to such Serious Fights,
Instigated none to such extent, to ignore the Human Rights.
Gates of Heaven, it Promises, will open for those who Abide,
In God’s Name they fight, with no remorse in their Red Eyes.
Opium of Masses it is, exclaim hapless learned now and then,
Nonetheless, it has its tight grip on millions of Mango Men.


As Roshmi commented in my previous post, the poet in me is resurfacing. Well here, I present to you an ACROSTIC after my raw attempts at Cinquain, Mirror Cinquain and Haiku, other peculiar forms of poetry.

Wikipedia defines it as,

An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message.

It is a pretty popular form of writing having been employed by great literary geniuses like Edgar Alan Poe and Lewis Carrol amongst others. I got introduced to it recently by a new Blog-a-Tonic, Nishali Chand.

I hope you liked it. However, more importantly, I'll not like to dilute the message in this poem with this literary gibberish. 

Can any kind of violence be justified in the name of religion?

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22 doses of compassionate comments received.:

BK Chowla, said...

No amount of violence can be justified on any account,not only religion.
Who can we blame for this bloodshed?
Try and rewind--you will realise that all this violence because of religion is a creation of the political so as to remain in power. Those who are being killed are not even aware as to why are they the victims.
Sorry state of affairs.

Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe said...

Violence cannot be justified in any form, religion is usually associated with fear and anyone who uses the weapon of fear controls to heavens....


Good concept.

Matangi Mawley said...

beautiful n thoughtful post! wd like to share smething here...

Wonderful observation by Jonathan Swift- “We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

Giri said...

Good one.

Strange though! My latest post today also touched on religion, god and men (godmen that is) albeit casually. Feel free to drop by <a href="http://storywheel.blogspot.com>my blog</a> and leave your comments.

Best regards,
Giri

Phantom said...

Its beautiful, i like the way it is personified. Good stuff waiting to read more.

Chetan said...

i loved the way you have written it..

and violence should not be there only because of religion, but there also has to be a proper reason..

Gyanban said...

interesting attempt. good topic... might as well write a full length one..

Roshmi Sinha said...

Very apt!

Religion has been the most powerful tool... to kill and distort at will. Even if God were to appear in person to state that all faiths lead to Him/Her... it would not be enough.

Vipul Grover said...

@Chowlaji.. Power Game it is indeed sir.. Even wrote a realted post earlier - The Parasitic Politics of Polarisation.

@Sid.. Rightly said Siddie Boy.. Its the fear of landing in the Hell that makes these morons create Hell on this Earth.

@Matangi.. Beautiful thought there frnd.. welcome to this blog and thnx for appreciating.. Keep reflecting :)

@Giri.. Welcome to this blog.. Will surely drop by soon :)

Vipul Grover said...

@Chetan.. Hey, thnx for appreciating my wrk.. well u r right, violence in any form is unacceptable.. But who decides the proper reason is again a contentious issue :)

@Gyanban.. Hey, will surely take it up at length in future.. Religion and God.. mmmm.. something that's making me ponder a lot since some months..

@Roshmi.. God??? errr.. does He really exist.. Isn't the God just a creation of those who created religion to breed fear in the minds of ppl to gain their unquestioned obedience in the name of God.

Man, um turning a total irreligious atheist.. my mom's not gonna like this :p

Rajlakshmi said...

a wonderful attempt... violence can never be justified...

Vipul Grover said...

Thnx Rajlakshmi for dropping by nd sharing ur thoughts :)

Pravin Nair said...

Hi Vipul,

Nice ACROSTIC there..Religion is the opium of the amsses, said Marx..ad violence to it n u have a potent mix...
Btw, i alsow rite poems ..pls do check out my page:

http://www.versepoems.com

thanks!

Indian Pundit said...

Boy....now that was cool.

"Opium of Masses it is, exclaim hapless learned now and then,"

i guess it will be "Opium FOR masses".....Vipul "Marx" Grover...did u understand buddy?

Indian Pundit said...

so what r u upto these days??

got through IAS?

Cheers

Vipul Grover said...

@Pravin.. Welcome to this blog.. Yeah, Marx's writings might be considered utopic but this statement of his holds a lot of weight.. Will b surely visiting ur blog.. cheers :)

@IP.. Hey, welcome back buddy.. long time.. Well frankly, didn't gt u.. it is 'of' only.. did u mean sumthing else??
nd yeah cudn't clear it this time.. lets c..

Nithin R S said...

This is a short but very strong poem.Many a time many people feel the same agony against these kind of chauvnists who heartlessly kill innocent people,rapes helpless women and make kids orphans.We all share one religion of humanity,but these heartless people are unwanted aliens.

Vipul Grover said...

Hey Nithin welcome to this blog :)
I totally agree and empathise with what u say.. We all share the religion of humanity, i'v named it empathic libertarianism :)

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