VOWS, Abun Kolatkar, India

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Slaughter a goat before the clock
smash a coconut on the railway track
smear the indicator with the blood of a cock
bath the station master in  milk
and promise you will give
a solid gold toy train to the booking clerk
if only someone would tell you
when the next train is due.

Abun Kolatkar
 (India 1932 – 25 September 2004)

From: “Twelve Modern Indian Poets”
Oxford University Press