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In and around a School

1.
The milkman ringing
The bicycle bell
Is an echo
Of this dappling daybreak

2.
The BEST bus
Stops
Throws
Sixteen people off

She’s called a slut
She’s going to school
but

3.
The boy
dropped
by a car long
as the principal’s speech

dawns on the dawn
like a man-made sun
and the skirts
pulled down, modest
thereby make
a semi-sensuous return

4.
The mist
of the mud-ridden May
gyrates
in the faintish sky

masking
the petal
blooming
by the gutter
leaning
against the shutter
of the bar
where the oldish
man has drunk
country liquor
all night long

and puked
at least
a third of it

5.
They call
that poster girl
of Playboy Sheela
or Reshma or Sandhya
or Lavanya, or Chameli
or Rupali

or they stop
talking
and check
right nipple
check
left nipple
check
down
down
down

Avinash
check
Nilesh
check
Girish
check
Manish
check

6.
Whose name it is
on
the bathroom wall
is the second-biggest
battle
of them all
second only
to
who is it written by

You sucker, mother-
fucker, randi sala,
harami chutthad
how can you
I ask
how can you
write that
Sheena
of the seventh class
blew that bastard -
Mohan Vyas?

7.
Rikshawala Ramu
won the world
when his hand
snaked around
Riya's thighs
and she yielded
like a deer
with no eyes

8.
The physics teacher
fails
to understand
the gravity
of Shanur's grief
as if he fell
to the ground
before
the apple did

9.
A carrot
is the cheapest
dildo
whispers Tanya
into Rakhi's ear

but objects
in the school bus
are louder
than they appear

10.
The coconut tree
at the far
end of
the playground
flutters its fronds
like Aakash
when a nightly ghost
batters his mother

and all through
the math class
devoted and diligent
he sharpens
a pencil
to stab his father

11.

The day
has dismantled
into disorder

The station
disseminates
fetid mobs

He - shoelace
untied, shirt
unbuttoned -
tapers,
and prepares
to thrust a key
into the doorknob

In and around a…

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