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July 11, 2019 Thursday 03:38:59 PM IST

IN PERIYAR WITH VICTOR GEORGE

Radicals & Visionaries

Summer showers!
monkeys up the tree
blissfully dripping!

O windblown shadows!
If only
We too had sails...

After the hot climb
We quenched our thirst,
Palms cupped prayerfully
In a mountain stream.

We rounded the rock
At peak of the mountain and saw
A sunlit valley!

And at noon we had
Kanji, pickles, papad,
A dash of salt.

Between a siesta,
The four of us
Split the afternoon.

I saw it for four seconds--
Certainly not five--if not three--
A tiger, prowling...

That when we were young
And victor too was with us
Huddled round a fire.

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