He loves to visit the temples of God
Fathoming the symbolism, he feels awed
Music of the mantras makes him believe
After the sermon though he must leave,
Because he is really an outsider!
He joins the people fighting for justice
Shouts their slogans for rights and peace
Suffers with them the heat and the dust
Leave 'em to their fate at dusk he must
Since he prefers to remain an outsider!
He loves folk helping the needy and poor
For funds he gives his own, goes door to door
He even joins their troop to visit the slum
Yet sign up and one of 'em he won't become
Because he is truly an outsider!
He goes to concerts of the pop artists
Sways with the crowd and throws up fists
His heart is one with the music and the lot
Yet enlist in the fan club he would not
Since he is really an outsider!
He seeks people who meet and meditate
Soaks their wisdom and enters the "state"
He travels to retreats to feel the bond
Yet cross over he can't to their world beyond
Because by nature he is an outsider!
People gather and invite him in their middle
They feed him their food, play their fiddle
Watches he from a distance as they argue 'n debate
He gets the feeling of an outsider, which is great
Because in his heart he really is an outsider!
Abhay B. Joshi
Theme: He gets invited to various clubs, groups, activities. But he cannot become a member because at heart he is an outsider.