Varanasi, India 3/4/2017

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shave & a haircut
100 rupees
bollywood hits on the transistor radio
cows passing in the alleyway
honking mopeds
kids & holy sadhus
the boys stop by to fix their hair in the mirror
while all my hair hits the dirty floor

 

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find ourselves in the midst of a B. J. P. rally
flags & banners, orange & green
everyone shouting waving carrying on
loudspeakers bleed with noise
someone fishes us up some hats
& we’re suddenly the life of the party
everyone wants a picture taken with the newfound faithful
“modi”, “modi”, “modi”
we chant
cows & moped shuffle by
while the streets are full of revelry
a flower machine sprays us all
with petals of rose &
marigold
the prime minister is due any second
we take our leave to much applause
walk the gauntlet back towards
the golden temple
varanasi
a shuffle step
cow shit
fling

 

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