Jaipur, India 3/18/2017

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devotional hymns soar across the alleyway
from the hindu temple adjacent
women’s high voices in a round
with the men
a haunting harmonium carnivalesque behind
as the construction equipment grinds from below

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off to all the city sights
tuk tuk takes us through the crowded city
a stop at kantar mantar
the royal observatory
plush with astrological instruments for
tracking the sun, moon & stars
world’s biggest sundial
telling the time of day down to within two seconds
casts her shadow at 1:36 pm
hawa mahal the palace of winds
towering over
and the ridges to the north flecked with ancient fortresses
we cross the street for the city palace
royal guards bedecked in white frock suit & pants
& a bushel of crimson turbans
parade the grounds under turrets & clocktowers
admiring the world’s largest silver vessels
& peacock adorned balconies
grab a tuk tuk back to haveli kawrahi
kick around the room a bit
hit the streets come sunset
down to Dev for a late daal dinner
passing by the muslim wedding all
alight in the alley besides

 

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