The Lost Poetry of Sikh Poet Nunihal Singh Layal: East & West
(Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series to preserve on the Internet the “lost” poetry of Nunihal Singh Layal, the “Tradesman Poet,” who I met in New Delhi in 1974. Some poems contain his original introductions. I have a self-published book of his that is disintegrating and falling apart and over the next year or two I will run and preserve all of his poetry here. Joe Gandelman. FOOTNOTE: Due to a 9 month road trip this project was interrupted but it will continue until his entire book is immortalized online.)
East & West
Unity itself is a good thing. If East and the West are united the troubled world can become Heaven to enjoy and to rest.
O’ Awake the East and influence the West;
The unity, co-operation and virtuous act
Will lead the coming world to path of peace in fact;
Let God help in making my predictions a true fact.
The West is West; the East is East;
Will the two ever unite and meet?
The answer is hopeful: “yes” the best;
To bridge the gulf; work hard without rest;
Till the two mingle into “one,” is the best of the best;
Then the War minded world turns into Heaven, to enjoy and to rest.