August Moon

I

August Moon
Shopping for a wrist- thread
For my brother

August Moon
Time for Baby Krishna to appear
On Yashoda’s pillow

August Moon
Rainbird sings to Clouds
And Rainlilies

August Moon
Large and Peachy Gold
In Monsoon Skies

August Moon
Swings on Mango- boughs
And Saawan fairs

August Moon
Married girls return for holidays
Meeting old friends

August Moon
Can you see the Poet Kalidasa
O Cloud Messenger ?

August Moon
Yellow and White and Pink
Peonies bloom

II

August Moon
The poor man cannot sleep
A leaking roof

August Moon
The poor man cannot sleep
For fear of floods

August Moon
Like stars in liquid skies
Transplanted rice

August Moon
Snakes slither out from holes
Monsoon flooded

August Moon
Both clouds and rivers swell
The poor man shrinks

August Moon
Schoolchildren’s sleep is restless
School reopens

August Moon
The Migrant Labourer’s wife
Lies awake worrying

August Moon
The rain is most auspicious
Also dreaded

August Moon
Snows melting in the Upper Himalayas
Plain rivers flooded

August Moon
Kosi Gandak Kamla swell in tribute
Ganga in spate

III

August Moon
Giloy saplings flood uprooted
Float on muddy waves

August Moon
Hungry boy is dreaming
Of roasted corn

August Moon
Little country boat afloat
On sudden night flood

August Moon
Tethered cattle low at night
Sense waters rising

August Moon
Sodden with constant rain
Mud wall collapses

August Moon
Poor flash flood victims
Get river burials

( amitaikai no renga – renku )

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