Where do they pray?

They prayed in churches

They prayed in mosques

They prayed in temples

They prayed in synagogues


They identified their God

They took their pick

They  carved separate faiths

To which they would stick


They segregated themselves

Condemned those different

Had fights in the name of religion

That God Himself could not prevent


As they continued to fight

Over things largely inconsequential

Fate threw them a challenge

Threatening their survival


Torrential floods ravaged their town

Damaging life and property 

Those alive feared they would go down

So they prayed to their God fervently


The floods washed away differences

Of religion, temporarily at least

The storm had no preferences

In devastation it was a secular beast


Stripped down to necessities bare

What emerged was pure humanity

People helped each other everywhere

Rebuilding after the calamity


The flood waters receded, the town

Was rebuilt after months several

Once all the inhabitants settled down

They went back to their old squabbles


Churches, mosques, temples, synangogues

All were restored to their former glory

Different groups found their own demagogues

To give a religious angle to this story


Similar scenarios have played out

Over centuries, again and again

Disasters unite human beings devout

But united they never seem to remain..

















Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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