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From a Train

Green fields
Greener water
Houses with blacked sides
Dirty cattle, wallowing
Children waving
Also dirty
Also unclad.
Village churches
(Where are the temples?)

The passed away pass by
Sometimes just a flash.
Distant hills
Silhouetted, not seen
Even more distant hills,
Hinted, neither silhouetted nor seen

Clouds, white cottony
Stands of trees,
palm, coconut
Standing tall, one with a
scorched head.
Probably struck by lightning,
Or an idea.
Browned, blackened bodies
Toil, sweaty, glistening….

The dust chokes.
The wind blows.
The train goes…