923. The story of a saint

Is he a saint?
Catch him,
Strike him,
Kill him,
Since he is not
Adding anything
To our world’s
Practical and real life.

Ah, he is gone!
He is dead!
His silent gaze
We miss so deeply.
His pure life
We miss so badly.
His heart of compassion
We miss so sadly.
His soul of illumination
We miss so unmistakably.
Alas, he is gone!
No more our saint is with us.
Sri Chinmoy, The Dance of Life, part 19, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1973