Table of Contents
  Index
PART I: Snow in Srinagar 
  Exile
  Reaching Srinagar
  The city of fame
  Rainy afternoon in ...
  Up the Sindh river in a doonga
  Snow in Srinagar
  Chilai Kalan
  Crossing the Vitasta
  Journey into the Himalayas
  Ishbar evenings
  Pony ride in the Liddar valley
  Views of Haramukh
  My father in Hawaii
PART II: Ten Thousand Years of Solitude 
  The Fire in the Waters
  Records of our lives
  Threads
  Ask Krishna
  The Conductor of the dead
  A Wounded bird
  The riddle of Isha
  Patanjali's song
  The hidden path up the hill
  Inner Sarasvati
  Naming things
  On high desert
  A small beginning
  Uncovering
  Seeking answers
  Nachiketa's dual
  Quantum implications
  Chance and necessity
  A Boy and his dog
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The Fire in the Waters

1.

In the bowl of the mountain valley
after the arctic storm
the pipes are frozen
and the electric wires are down
we wait
        expectantly
for the day to warm
peeping through the heavy air. 

2.

I see the farmer's daughter
walk up the ribbon on the slope
a pitcher atop her head
perfectly balanced as she walks
from the spring to her home. 

3.

On that frigid wintry day
the fire in the belly of the spring
is another sign of life. 

4.

Inside the hospice
friends pour
fiery arrack
or light tea
our spirits are low
so we warm our bodies. 

5.

Later, we walk to the pond
the surface of this bowl
is a frosted mirror
our reflections are shadows
but we recognize
a glow.

 

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