The Priest’s Son

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By Arun Kolatkar

these five hills
are the five demons
that khandoba killed

says the priest’s son
a young boy
who comes along as your guide
as the schools have vacations

do you really believe that story
you ask him

he doesn’t reply
but merely looks uncomfortable
shrugs and looks away
and happens to notice
a quick wink of a movement
in a scanty patch of scruffy dry grass
burnt brown in the sun
and says
there’s a butterfly

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