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A poem, a prayer

NEW DELHI, JUNE 7. The President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today departed from the prepared text to recite a Tamil poem, a prayer to the Lord to bless India with vision and make it an island of peace.

Mr. Kalam added a prologue to the address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament by reciting a few lines from his poem, an idea, which he said had struck him while on his morning walk today.

Titled ``The Vision'', it read:

``I climbed and climbed, where is the peak my Lord?

I ploughed and ploughed, where is the knowledge treasure, my Lord?

I sailed and sailed, where is the island of peace, my Lord?

Almighty, bless my nation with vision, sweat resulting in happiness!''

PTI

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