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,
back & back & back through the ages
& even now in the kali yuga
bananas & spirits beautifully lifted.
lakshman jhula, india, february 2001