a man pulling a rickshaw plump with bananas

            struggles & stalls at the base of the hill.

two men passing by fall in behind &

            lean into it;

a third on a motorcycle pulls up alongside

            & pushes with an outstretched foot.

they are singing,

            hare rama

            hare rama

            rama rama

            hare hare

                        back & back & back through the ages

            & even now in the kali yuga

bananas & spirits beautifully lifted.



lakshman jhula, india, february 2001