Bombay

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The rains came

Waves stirred hungrily

Towards the starving bay

The clouds came

Painted the city

Into shades of blue and grey

A little girl came

An impoverished child,

Happy to pose for all the pictures in the world

“Take a rose from me didi, it’ll bring you good luck” she insisted.

With no money in my pockets, I looked at her apologetically.

But nothing was going to deter her from spreading her magic.

She placed a rose in my hand

I asked her, “Show me where you live?”

She stretched her hands to the sky

And plopped on the ground

She smiled the biggest grin

I had ever seen

Her heart was broken

Tattered into rubble

Very much like the pavement

Upon which it fell

I didn’t have to ask her

Why.

I knew

All you had to do

Was look into her eyes.

‘The city glitters at night”

She proclaimed

As we both glanced

Beyond the horizon

Towards our future

And the rising tide.

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