The Death of the Hindu

The Death of the Hindu

	Chin cupped
     on the ancient bone
           of his elbow
he spread five fingers to the world:
and like a cat on zither strings
the hoarse voice of his fathers
issues from his forgotten children:
now he picks one tick
from the back of that suckling cow:
his failing fingers
find not the strength to crush

Not a single eyelash twitters
       pass him by
              pass him

'Wake not a man asleep
And tell him he has
Nothing to eat.'

 ©:  T. Wignesan - Paris, 1957 (from Tracks of a Tramp. Kuala Lumpur-Singapore: 1961; first pub. in "Forum Academicum", University of Heidelberg, 1957)

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