Ranjit Hoskote

(29 March 1969 - / Mumbai / India)

Shaman - Poem by Ranjit Hoskote

I am outside the mystery, the boy thinks,
his eyes frozen on the lilac cloud

that hovers above him, the backcloth apricot sky
soundless. The cloud's wings beat low,

tousling his hair, wetting his eyes,
opening his mouth. After it has melted

in rain, in thunder, this cloud, the boy
will find it again, veined and marbled on his tongue.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 26, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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