Bus travel

Cool breezes drift through the neem trees

mangoes and winter wheat

drongos and bee eaters:

tall canes protect the village.


Under the eaves of the teashop

a confusion of wires and a big TV.


- we're here again.


The frontier of Bihar -

a lorry crash of course.

Thousands of vehicles waiting

for the road to clear,

policemen chatting on the bridge

eventually set us free.


Shade under the mango tree,

a hot picnic, sheltered bushes

and a good place for the ladies.