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  DESIRE
IN THE RAIN
UNDER A LARGE BANYAN TREE
NEAR THE RIVER BANK
ON THE WINDING OUTSKIRT
OF THE VILLAGE

A TOUCH OF MOIST SKIN
BURNING BODIES AND CLOTHES
FURTIVE GLANCES
FRIGHTENED BY HUNGER
TOWARDS THE PATHWAY
FEIGNING CAUTION AGAINST INTRUDERS
BEFORE THROWING IT AND SHAME
TO THE WINDS

TWO BODIES
CLUMSILY POISED
IN MUTUAL CONQUEST AND SURRENDER
AS RAIN SET THEM AFIRE
FELL ON THE MUD FOR GENTLE SUPPORT
TORE AT THE LAST STRINGS OF RESTRAINTS
MELTED AS ONE TO BECOME
A HEAVING MOUND OF ELEMENTAL EARTH

WHICH DISSOLVED
AS THE MOUNTAINS CRUMBLED
THE OCEANS OVERFLOWED
AND TIME STOOD STILL

IN THAT MOMENT
DID NOT EXIST
THE PATH NOR THE TREE
NOR THE RIVER
NOR THE RAIN

IN THAT MOMENT
EVEN LOVE DIED
TO DIE AGAIN A HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES

ramesh gandhi