Raksha Bandhan

Sister's Wave


Daddy, what’s a Rakhi?
Does it come with Santa Claus?

A Rakhi is the sweetest gift
It twinkles in the stars.
It wakes the world with lightning
And puts an end to wars.

Does it grow in summer?
Is it very big or small?

A Rakhi is a bond of love
It nourishes the trees.
It is the timeless border
Where the mountains meet the seas.

Is it in the kitchen?
Does it taste like lemonade?

A Rakhi quenches every thirst
And rids the heart of lust.
Respect is its foundation,
Its furniture is Trust.

… Mommy, what’s a Rakhi?
(I don’t think Daddy knows.)

A Rakhi is a little string
That’s given once a year
From sisters to their brothers,
To show their love and care.

What’s so special, Mama,
About something like a string?

It’s not the string that’s special
But the pure feelings that come,
When brother-sister power
Makes their hearts beat like one drum.

It would make nice music
If we all could tie this string!

Someday the world will know this,
Then everyone will see
What a Rakhi is and why it
Is the bond that sets us free.

-Edward Saugstad

Sister Rakhi

11 responses to “Raksha Bandhan

  1. Hi Ed,

    This is very sweet! I have to release a good of kids poems sometime.

  2. I meant a book of kids poems … 🙂

  3. Now I know what a Rakhi is….thanks

  4. Veni Grig

    So Sweeeeeeet, Dear Ed,

    The time has come when some more know
    What a Rakhi really means
    And why it is the bond that sets us free!

  5. amrita gupta

    Now i finally got a beautiful poem to write on the gift which would like to give my brother on this rakshabanshan . incidentely he was born on the rakshabandhan 🙂

  6. beautiful , very fragrant and joy giving

  7. Sushil Pugalia


    Very nice defination of the relationship between brothers and sisters and its symbol – Rakhi.

  8. very beautiful!!

  9. Dear Brother Jai Shri Mataji, this poem is very beautiful.

  10. Love so deep that contains!

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