by Dr Tulsi Hamumanthu
If Life be a Sea and you are a Wave, O kind New Year, will you not save Us from sinking, by letting us ride Atop your apex, taming the tide? If Life be a Book and a Page you are, O neat New Year, let us not mar With blots and botches, your fresh fair face, Nor waste, with blanks, your scanty space. If Life be a Play and you are a Scene, Help us enact some roles that are clean, O noble New Year, during your term, Be fair sans favour, forgiving but firm. If Life be a Travel and a train you be, O New Year dear, please hear my plea: Carry us not, through rancid routes, To stalls that sell forbidden fronts. If Life be a Game and you are a Ball, O smart New Year, fail not to fall In goals like Health, courage, compassion; Avoid such goals as pelf or passion. If Life be a Prayer and you are His proxy Bringing us alms, O New Year, mercy! Place some crumbs of Peace in our bowl To feed our hungry hearts and soul.