Composed by Rukmini devi dasi

The Kingsday weather forecast was predicted to be wet, wet, wet. “The rain of mercy will be greater than the rain of water” was Maharaja’s forecast. He threatened to withhold some mercy from those who were late the next morning, “I’ll have a special thundercloud above my head for you.

trāṇāya kāruṇya-ghanāghanatvam
prāptasya kalyāṇa-guṇārṇavasya
vande guroḥ śrī caraṇāravindam

Burning material infection
Cloud of mercy in that direction
3 buses, 300 devotees, 4.5 hours
A cheesy paprika-thyme implosion
And boom! Holy name explosion
Let the rain fall…
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna

Swirls of colour and lace
Vaisnavis, bright-faced
Flaming fabric reels
Drum-kit on wheels
Voices meet
Mantra floods the street
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare

Saffron flipping
Cookies flying
Mantra floating
Eyes watching
Guitar strumming
Wind whooshing
Hare Rama Hare Rama

Main street
A storm of Vaisnava feet
The life of the party
Then, Hotel Krasnapolsky
Kirtan peaks
Curious eyes peek
Shocked faces in awe

Rain, rain and rain some more
A vibrant Kadamba sings
The sun smiles in sync
Open the flood gate
Mercy drowns fate
Dancing circles in circles
The Caitanya miracles
Who is a Vaisnava?
Who is not a Vaisnava?
Just chant once!
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Out of control spinners
Krsna’s mercy dancers
Pull people of the Kings Land
Beer in hand
Into the sankirtan rasa-dance
Levitate in sacred trance
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna

Hotel KRSNApolsky!
Sunshine through rainfall
Blessings for all
Mantra non-stop
The ages swop
Melody after melody
All in harmony
Sacred selfies
Of the Self at ease
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama
Pasta and halava
A lunch pause – then play
But the mantra will stay
Govindam adi purusam
R-o-c-k-i-n-g kirtan
Vondel Park
Into light from dark
People gathering
Ring around ring
Is Prabhupada smiling?
Under the bridge
Troll-like anarthas singe
Mantras echo
And Kali bows low

It’s Kingsday!!! – The Krsna way
harer nāma harer nāma
harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva
nāsty eva gatir anyathā

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1 Comment

  1. Ananda Vrindavan dasi on

    Dear Rukmini, your sweet poem just literally made me cry! You so easily describe the nectar that even those that werent there can experience

    Keep that KC creativity flowing!

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