the remover of obstacles

 the remover of obstacles and lord of beginnings,
 ganesha is one of the most revered and ubiquitous,
 ever- present,
 gods in india and around the world.

  in his playful physical form

  elephant-head, round belly and many arms
  he whispers promises of what can be when there is hope, optimism, and good will

  but here, ganesha sheds a single tear
  a reminder of the all-too-often ignored, overlooked, or dismissed pain, heartbreak and grief 
  that comes with every end
  and, every new beginning.