Poems – Pankhuri Sinha

PRISON HYMNS

Slightly more formalized singing,
Slightly more formalized worship,
From the hymn book,
For the church presided over singing,
And over praying,
And she of course,
prayed wih a little more faith,
sang a little more reverentially,
for she was an outsider,
born outside the church,
and brought up by it,
almost.
All were given hymn books,
Mostly xeroxed pages,
In a folder,
And some read them by night.
They were very grateful hymns,
And thanked the Lord immensely.
No one spoke of confinement,
Of unbearability,
Of injustice,
They san g in very obedient voices,
Hymns of praises,
And were sent back into their cells
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