Everything (सर्वेषां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।)

When the world wind weeps around you.
May the universe dry your eyes.
And happiness make you smile once more.
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu.
I cannot keep you safe from the conflict.
Or the wars within you.
But I offer you peace, from that of which I’ve known.
Sarveśām Shāntir Bhavatu.
You are taken from the mountain,.
You come in pieces.
And I too. But together we are more than less.
Sarveśām Pūrnam Bhavatu.
And if you fall, I will not catch you.
I will watch as you rise again.
And applaud your strength, with an outstretched heart.
Sarveśām Maṇgalam Bhavatu.

13 thoughts on “Everything (सर्वेषां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।)

  1. There are several things to love about this poem. I will no doubt miss some, but here’s a few:

    “The world wind weeps”. Both “world” and “weeps” are great choices. After all, the line could so easily have been, “The north wind hits hard” or some other cliche. Kudos for the work you put into this!

    “…together we are more than less.” That’s the sort of positive understatement that I would argue almost always makes for superb poetry whenever it’s pulled off well — as it is here.

    “You are taken from the mountain,.
    You come in pieces.
    And I too.”

    Beautiful image! Just beautiful and rousing both.

    “And if you fall, I will not catch you.”

    Reading that line, Mark, was where I passed from liking to loving the poem. Such a non-sentimental, emotionally realistic thing to say. You seem in effect to be saying “We’re both adults here. Friends but adults. I will support you, but I know you do not want my support to corrupt you by becoming a crutch.”

    Thank you so much for sharing that gem.

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    • Paul, that’s some very flattering comments and some good analysis. Thank you for the time it took to delve into this one. Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu, as you may know, is a Hindu prayer/mantra and basically translate to: May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all. So mine was framed around these pillars. I like the notion of allowing people to grow on their own, and being there to cheer them on, rather than do the work for them. There’s more accomplished if they do. So yes, not being a crutch is definitely there. The prayer was a good frame to hang my decoration of words on, and I’m really pleased you took something from it.

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  2. So much tenderness in this work. Both want to offer this to someone and have this offered to you.


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