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The Nation Makers Howard Pyle 1902. Public Domain

foreign pages in the white hands
this stranger is not mine

who lost shoes of the meek?
this flag is not mine

**she is the one who obeys
and he is the commander**

can you read?
can you hear anthems flowing from graves of fathers lost to wars?
who is nailing the coffins?

i will no longer pick pieces
these puzzles are not mine

this snow makes stories
of a poet’s reputation.
a half face with mystic
skin of black. dissolving.

these priests are lonely

thankfully
my only god is in the eyes of the domra player

— vaishali paliwal

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