On Dussehra

The bells – they are ringing
in the temples by the river
while in the packed ground,
an arrow leaves its quiver.

Streaking through the air,
it finally finds its mark.
Raavan, with his ten heads,
is brought down at last.

Blazing up with fireworks
lighting the evening skies,
the end of legendary evil
is a really pretty sight.

“Jai Shri Ram! Jai Shri Ram!”
The crowd chants with fervor.
On this night of Dussehra,
Light has conquered the dark.

O children of that glorious Light!
Celebrate Dussehra everyday
with hope winning over despair
and knowledge over ignorance.

O children of all things good!
May this auspicious tenth day
awaken the powers inside you
that will guide you on your way.