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To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine? poem submission by Sravasti Ghosh Dastidar


PC Sravasti Ghosh Dastidar

To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine?


They laughed at me when I said, 

I forgive you God! So who am I?

When humans err, He forgives

And when He errs? Who forgives?


Who do you think you are? They said.

He has made no mistake, like you.

He is no sinner, like you.

He defines right and wrong, you don’t.

He defines virtue and sin, you don’t.


True, I say.

We are not to question.

We are to accept, however stressful.

We are to survive, however painful.

We have to be forever hopeful.

Or He will be forever wrathful.


Yet, I ask.

How am I a sinner

When I am playing the games He has started?

How am I fallible

When I am playing the tunes He has composed?

If He is the maker and I am the flawed,

Then who will forgive? And who has erred?

(22.04.2012 – Queens Road, Colombo)


Sravasti started her career as an English Teacher and Lecturer. She changed her career path to the world of IT as a functional expert, technical writer, website developer, and project coordinator in varied domains. She specializes in SEO-based content research. She successfully combines her skills in writing and her hobby in photography to write travel and lifestyle articles for magazines and newspapers




About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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