A Poem: Through Love's Great Power
Posted by Wayves volunteer 19/03/2014
Through Love’s Great Power
By Vikram Seth
Varanasi, India; photograph by Raghu Rai
Through love’s great power to be made whole
In mind and body, heart and soul—
Through freedom to find joy, or be
By dint of joy itself set free
In love and in companionhood:
This is the true and natural good.
To undo justice, and to seek
To quash the rights that guard the weak—
To sneer at love, and wrench apart
The bonds of body, mind and heart
With specious reason and no rhyme:
This is the true unnatural crime.
Editor's Note: Vikram Seth is an award winning poet and novelist, he identifies publicly as bisexual and was a part of the campaign to overturn India's colonial-era anti-gay laws.
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