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She raised a finger
Excuse me, teacher!

If the holy cow slips
tin roofs falling over
under lots of iron beams would we always die?

the teacher a tremor slipping down his face
pulled the pocket bottoms off his hands
and heavens fell down on the Nth class

crushed benches
lessons fallen from children’s hands
and the walls what dreams they harboured for the inhabitants
except for a hand that appeared in the rubble
with the call of a rising finger!

Excuse me, Sir!
May I get up?

Translator's Note: According to an ancient Persian myth of creation, the earth rotates on the horn of a bull. Legend had it that if the bull coughed, the earth would slip off its horn, causing an earthquake.