Place legends

For Richard Lannoy

Mother Goddess

Pepper vines ring the jackfruit tree
that is her shrine. She claims
tributes of colour: indigo is hers,
and saffron, and carmine.

The rain has washed her altar.
You cannot see the blood that quit
her veins when the storm-god's iron mace
split her head, pinned and broke her arms.

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Himal Southasian