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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 3, September 2014


Kala Ramesh
Pune, Maharshtra, India

The Unlearned

dingy barn . . .
a cow's skin quivers
the flies away

Though they worship the Hindu God Vishnu, the Bishnois in the state of Rajasthan, bury their dead instead of cremating them. This is because of the strict prohibition on cutting trees and using that wood for cremation. Wearing blue cloth is also prohibited because making the blue dye requires culling large quantities of shrubs. And the Bishnois never drive deer from their habitat.

The Bishnois have never gone to school. I look around at the youth in my city pursuing college studies and post-graduate degrees, and yet we do everything the Bishnois avoid . . . have we become illiterate?

incomplete beings
you and me
complete the city

Editor's Note: "incomplete beings" was first published in Roadrunner 13.2, August 2013.



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