seated on windowsill
legs hanging free
hands embracing self
viewing life
 Passing    passed
images tantalize
mind’s windshield fogged
faces undulate    in out
      I grab     to them   reach
as schools swim

that seven foot
 ebony mendicant
sun burnt weathered
left ear pierced
 bearing huge brass ring
equally thick anklets
monk living on alms  proffered only
 not to be asked
mother’s open door  his gracious assent
frugal intake sumptuous blessings
predicted for me longevity

trio of monks
mouths covered
left me open mouthed
had me wondering how
they got about-managed
 they functioned beautifully  ate sparingly
spoke ever so briefly
baring mouths only
in extreme necessity
unassuming  unobtrusive
peaceful  blissful

that shaman
healer caretaker
young in years
long in ancient wisdom
divine in body spirit
healing with touch
bearing transferring pain
on self   writhing in pain for hours
mom’s fussy care ministering healer
god’s emissary extraordinaire

railway tracks   headless body
grinning dripping red head
scaring everybody
cowering childish faces
fanciful  eyes saucers
bootleg books whodunits
uncle wandering eyes fingers
 smacked chastened  by aunty
withering looks withered ardor
duration short incorrigible

grown ups gambling
betting on cards
old granny boldest of them all-
bet house keys  to the horror of all
her head bitten off  by sons and old man
to the delight of  fistful of
long suffering  daughters-in law
as grownups laid law
biting her head off

that awful cobra
brownish in color
hood fanned
on way to school
my highest Olympian  jump in air
hyper ventilating scared stiff
soon to be stiff  pushed
by sensible hands
out of harm’s way

dear not so dear faces
times events places
fast food soul food
folklore festivals galore
trips travel jaunts of yore
uncomplicated times
simple folks
giving sincere
loving unique


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