A Broom’s Prayer By Sayeed Abubakar

A Broom’s Prayer

Often have I swept the floor, the veranda, the yard
and all the passages of the house.
I do not know whether as dedication or devotion
the rough hand of the housewife has,
by my daily use, swept our household clean.

And there are so many brooms accomplishing
such simple household chores!
O God, find for me a hardy and effective sweeper,
Who, with me, will once and for all, sweep the whole world clean.

How abundantly the earth is polluted with terrorism
and how immeasurably dust and dirt accumulate on all sides of the
world causing it to bloat like a decaying corpse,
frantically spreading its unmistakable, bad smell
And pervading and filling the very air we breathe.
O God, find for me a hardy and effective sweeper,
Who, with me, will once and for all,
sweep the whole earth clean.

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