Varanasi, India 3/6/2017

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1.

gawallahs out along the river
distant putt of an outboard motor
sun sifts through the morning window
varanasi a blue white dream

 

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2.

fireworks above the ganges
boats drift along
candles float downstream
dogs along the ghats asleep in piles

 

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3.

down to the ghats to watch the bodies burn
fiery sparks rise up to kiss at stars
as the boats slide by
& the dogs dig for trash
all along the ganges

 

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4.

two cups of chai along the ghats
five rupees a piece
a holy bell chimes behind
blare of sitar through the loudspeakers
puppies run after mother’s milk
marigolds in the ganges
bats fly up to the half moon stars

 

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5.

kites fight beneath spinning constellations
goats laze upon the steps
trash burning down by the river
monkeys in the trees
oarsmen row their wooden boats
candles flame upon the water
shiva wreathed in garlands
brass bells ring out the night

 

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