Under a tree in Rishikesh

A couple of hours to relax surrounded by pretty garden beasties before I was rudely disturbed by the rhesus macaques.

Under a Tree in Rishikesh

Shimmering butterflies’ wings
channel the whim of the gods.
The garden a canvas
for their forever vanishing masterpiece.

Feathery well-wishers sing
in distant trees too,
intimating sweetly
that this peace I know unfurls in nature beyond.

Articulately, intelligently, fastidiously, relentlessly
a lone black ant
inspects and re-inspects
every blade, sheath and shadow of the grass by my blanket laid.

Cautious. Shifting lizard.
Yogic fingers poised;
her terracotta becomes the bark
‘til monkey kerfuffle cues a dash to cover.

The naughty boys are back in town.

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Under a Tree in Rishikesh


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