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Agni[1]

 

It burns today just like that at a strike as if after


centuries Nachiketa’s[2] fire can crackle the same humming


Rik Veda like a river that does not end in childhood evening


lamps near household gods very familiar like chastised kids in


grandma’s altar in the low-voltage electric bulb tungsten


yellow on a faded brown scrap of a night






[1] Fire

[2] Nachiketa is the young hero of Katha Upanishad who met Yama, the god of Death, and asked him to explain the mysteries of life and death.




Priyadarshi Patnaik