Sanjeev Sethi 

Inner Guide


As a coda to my nightly worship, I beseech
the Almighty to bless some people. Other than
my immediate circle it is those who cross me
during the course of my quotidian curve.

Last weekend my innards rebelled. Is it
right to supplicate God with a roll call?
Betterment by dipping into an anonymous bank
account of kindness without any obligations?


(First published in The Blue Mountain Review)






Tonight I bought God
in tune with my aesthetics.
Woody texture. Warm features.
While placing it on the mantel
I wondered --
Will He approve of me?


You are the perfect auditor.
It is us who fail to understand
your arithmetic. Is there anyone
who can teach me God’s calculus?


When you are riled up
from remitting the impious
remember: that too will reach
your karmic rink.


Should yachties cruising through life’s canal
bypass those God chooses to publicly castigate?
Or should it be their calling to nourish them?


We inherit our God.
A few grow up
to find their own.


(First published in Dead Snakes)




Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world including Red Fez, Indiana Voice Journal, Spirit Fire Review, Drunk Monkeys, Degenerate Literature, The Penwood Review, Dime Show Review, W.I.S.H. Press, Poetry Pacific, Bluepepper, Otoliths,and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.