Varanasi, India 3/2/2017

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1.

boatman rows us up the ganges
fetches us cups of hot chai from up the ghats
boys come down to pray & sing by the water’s muddy edge
rising sun pierce the eastern trees

 

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2.

devotional hymns careen
across the cluttered rooftops
murmur of boats out on the ganges
pilgrims bathe in the holy water
sun bakes the flood plains golden white

 

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3.

sunset over the river ganga
last of the rays
crop the tops of the crooked spires
kites kiss at the dying lights
boats on the river
cows in the garbage
birds take to the air
a circle
flowers float the water down
white temple bridges
prayer songs
a gong from the alley
painted trees

 

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4.

walk around the old city
somewhat lost
somewhat found
holy men with staffs & saffron robes
ten cent stores selling chips, pipes & incense
images of ganesh
of shiva
brahma
cows on every crooked
street

 

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