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Issue Four & Poetry

Varanasi haiku sequence

By Maeve O’Sullivan

 

a shirtless man and I

bow to each other –

ashram entrance

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a cigarette booth

by the mango wood stockpile

for the pyres

 

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Manikarnika Ghat  cremations lit by Shiva’s fire

 

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dusk over the Ganges   kites spinning

 

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even inside

this guesthouse bedroom –

the great Ganesh

 

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evening puja:

the bells’ peal echo

across the sacred river

 

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narrow laneway

smells of incense and cowshit —

leaving Benares

 

First published in Maeve O’Sullivan’s fourth book, “Elsewhere” (Alba Publishing, UK, November 2017)

Photo by Aman Bhargava on Unsplash