umashankar manthravadi

(23/07/1945 / kakinada, India)

songs of nimtollah

fresh faced. just married. newly dead
dark-skinned unmarked as yet
lying on a makeshift bed
while relatives, male
haggle ungrieving over paperwork, fees
nearby a girl, no older, is singing
where did you learn this song child?
how many deaths have you already seen?
assume a mother teaches her child lullabies

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