The Mist Hangs Like a Soiled Dhoti

The Mist Hangs Like a Soiled Dhoti


Bina  yells,

Annie sister!  Tea!

The Nepali god of winter

shudders. The sun is hiding

behind  a hill.  Feet, in anticipation

of grit, a sprinkling of rat shit,

the toe-staining, withered marigold

petals from last week’s mala,


from the concrete floor

and slide into plastic sandals

damp and cold,

expiation for the karmic debt

accumulated by women from the well fed  west.   I whimper,

groan,  I want to go home.  My right foot, ruled by the base chakra


at the recalcitrant sliding  low set galvanized metal bolt

that holds the door shut,

kicks aside the bamboo-stuffed

rice sack that keeps rats out.


thinner than I,  bobble-hatted,

perished with cold

sets down the tray

a  chipped cup of hot tea,

a cold  damp naked slice  of stale white


We shiver at each other.


the god within me honours the god within you





About annewlindsay

I don't go 'first class'. I can't afford to and even if I could I think I would still choose to travel as I do. I think you meet a more interesting class of people if you use local transportation and just take your chances. I'm getting restless again. Hope to meet you on the bus or train.
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5 Responses to The Mist Hangs Like a Soiled Dhoti

  1. elizacoppock says:

    Sounds a bit grim. Hope your soul benefited if your body didn’t. How does it feel to be home?

    • annewlindsay says:

      Hello Liz — ahhh. It was an extraordinary experience. I haven’t finished processing yet. Talk soon I hope. My body has decided to have a cold.

    • annewlindsay says:

      How rude of me! Didn’t reply to your post. Yes. My soul benefited. The experience with the charity was illuminating! I don’t enjoy conflict and the three months of dealing with them, when I finally realized that their communication with me was no more than an attempt to fob me off, was horribly upsetting. It’s a big corporate entity. I have to accept my influence is small. I’m off to Canada today Liz. Maybe see you?

      • elizacoppock says:

        Hi Anne,

        Yes.. for sure we can meet up. I’m off to Mexico on Monday back on April 15th. . I’ll get in touch by email when I get back. Hope you have a good journey. and things go well when you get to Canada.

        Liz x

        On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:21 AM, annewlindsay

  2. elizacoppock says:

    Get well soon,,,

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