Jaipur, India 3/11/2017

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jaipur a whirr of dust &
bleeting horns
pink castle walls
shop after shop
students all covered with dye for holi
a strip of dusty mountains glimpsed in the distance
between the teetering alleyways
stop for lunch at Dev
aloo mutter & masala & such

 

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at one in the afternoon
the loudspeaker chant of
the muezzin fires up
enveloping the city in a
blanket of song

 

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3.

out about all over this
pink city
a thousand shops
a hundred bazaars
tuks tuks & mopeds
cars & buses & cows
traffic cops attempt to guide the melee
monkeys on the rooftops
entire families of them dipping from the wires
stealing bananas from unattended fruit carts

bangles on every wrist
silver golden bronze
tea shops
lassi shops
pyaaz kachori at the street stalls
piles of colored powder
red yellow green blue lavender pink
colors in bags
colors on the pavement
colors up in people’s hair & faces
all across the front of their shirts
colors for sale for
holy holi festival begins come midnight
some have already started the jubilee

 

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moonrise up over jaipur
as the muezzins erupt in evening prayer
from every loudspeaker minaret
kites against her ghostly frame
high airliner catches the last of the day’s sun

 

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