The mosque at Village Hedon Bet of District Ludhiana in Punjab. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

“The mosque has always been here. No one has ever talked of demolishing it. It is the house of God,” said Dhanwant Kaur, 95.

the mosque
refuses to be split
to be torn down
even after a century
of the departures
of its worshippers
moved around
for new assigned
of a partitioned land
that is still safe
in the hands
of a caretaker
lighting a lamp
in his bequeathed
temple everyday.