Varanasi, India 3/1/2017

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1.

hit the alleys of varanasi

full up of cows
cowherds
cow dung

marauding mopeds up &
down the cluttered cobbles
lined with brass shops
cloth shops
sari sellers
sitars &
lassi stands

men selling hashish
every other corner
dogs & cats &
monkeys climbing the rafters
they jump & screech from
alley to alley
while orange clad
gurus
pass by in droves for the
holy ganges

 

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2.

someone keeps clanging on a bell
down the alleyway
lord knows
what that’s all about !
cows on patrol
monkeys in the rafters
varanasi is not your average
bear

 

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3.

down to the vegetable market
through a warren of cow filled alleys
a woman with a little baby finds me there
hassles me for milk from the store
i buy her a juice on the corner
another for her friend with baby too
cows eat trash from a putrid pile
billboards blow in tatters above the rotten buildings
rickshaw drivers lie in wait
the ganges flows brownly by

 

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