Monsoon SeasonThe faucet mourned you,so I collected the tearsin a Kissan pineapple jam bottle,the second one I bring as I rickshawpast rows of shoddy bangle standsand fluorescent-lit sweet shops –Under stray arrays of chilly rain,an army of goosebumpsassemble on my exposed arm –I watch braided women inchiffon, mango-printed dupattas,the same you used to build table tents –Emaciated peddlers shuffle knockoffsilk saris into frayed burlap sacks,the same you used to toss wrinkled guavas –From the third branch of your favorite treehangs a bent garland of ghost whitejasmine blocking my view of you,while distant relatives stare like stalking tigers,eyes reflecting the flames of the pyre andengulfing my dry, unveiled face –Potbellied uncles dig a swimming pool with spadesfor your unmounted headstone where I’llspill all of these Ruchi lime pickle jars.
Upper St. Clair School District
1820 McLaughlin Run Road
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241
412-833-1600 x 2202