Today, an elderly nun with holes in her socks and beaded bracelets wrapped around her wrist curled up with her head in my lap, and today I watched intently while a nun squeezed milk from a cow. I tried what she was doing but no milk came, and we both laughed and laughed. Today I pressed dough and spinach and onions to make dumplings and … Continue reading june 18
Warm sesame oil simmered with turmeric, garlic cloves, cumin seeds, cilantro – scooped with fingers, pressed to scalp. Come, come; va, va. Before the sun, come, come. Crouch on the pavement, pour colored powder through your fingers, build a transient protector of your home, a design of pink-chalk lotus flowers and lamps (ladies only, please come, come.) Later, sparkle the sky with tiny stars of … Continue reading diwali
The artsy port city of kochi! photo by kim kolor. Continue reading kochi
I asked Appa whether he gives money to beggars. Earlier today, I had walked by someone who was very thin and elderly, lying with his hands over his eyes, until I reached him, at which point he leapt up. His sudden, intense stare frightened me and I quickened my pace without noticing what I was doing until he was out of sight. No, Appa said, … Continue reading land of the jobs?
have you ever seen a tiger here? i ask our guide, who belongs to a tribe in kerela, who grew up surrounded by trees and breezes. in the early morning light, he nods conspiratorially and tells a story that involves baby bears, lions, elephants and tigers all at once, and i don’t care if it’s a true story, only that i am walking through a … Continue reading leaves beneath my feet
The scream of an illegitimate voice It has ceased to hear itself, therefore it asks itself How do I exist? This was the silence I wanted to break in you I had questions but you would not answer I had answers but you could not use them Useless to you and perhaps to others. -Adrienne Rich Continue reading Jain Hill at Sunset