Arun Kolatkar

(1 November 1932 – 25 September 2004 / Maharashtra / India)

Station Dog - Poem by Arun Kolatkar

The spirit of the place
lives inside the mangy body
of the station dog

doing penance for the last
three hundred years under
the tree of arrivals and departures

the dog opens his right eye
just long enough to look at and see
whether you're a man or a demigod

or the eight armed railway timetable come
to stroke him on the head
with a healing hand

and to take him to heaven
the dog decides
the day is not yet.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 29, 2012

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