Postcard From India – Tiruchirappalli

 

Trichy Finished - 7 April

Postcard From India

Tiruchirappalli

Morning comes

the only difference here from night

is light

as life goes on all hours

the nights are cooler.

 

Town is self described – Industrial

with endless slums of palm leaf shanty rooms

darkened from years of dust and smoke

spectrum reduced to shades of black and tan.

 

Streets are infested by a seething anthill mass

of human form

each making desperate attempts

to maintain life

they start out early

wheelwrights, potters, weavers, fortune tellers

rickshaws, cows and business men in shabby brown suits

office workers.

 

Labor stops at noon

the sun directly overhead

equator’s shimmering, deadly heat.

the people slow

a starving dog finds a convenient place to die

he will be taken care of in the night

by other starving dogs

nothing is wasted here.

 

Late afternoon

the pace picks up again

returning with the early evening shadows

night is merciful

life seems more possible

another day survived

tomorrow much the same

more endless hours on sun baked earth

the only possible escape

beyond the reach of man.

 

Trichy Temp

Stone monoliths extend

into the sky

grasping for sovereigns of the universe

gigantean sculptured pyramid

spans acres

gods and demons

pose at entrances to temple labyrinths

no waiting

better than a hundred priests inside

one is expected to leave coins.

 

Pilgrims walk barefoot across stones worn smooth

by ancestors, their fathers, father’s, fathers

deities in every corner

some are crumbling and ignored

almost forgotten in these modern times

divinities and devils find their last abode in Trichy.

 

Land of fortune tellers, jungles, ancient  asmaras

spells and curses

white men feel oppressed here

weak

subdued

exhausted

out of touch

within this distant world.

India Temple AB

 

 

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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