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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