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​Ode to a Fisherman


He reads night-sky

like the veins on the back of his palm;

an inherited alphabet.


He awaits a uniquely starlit moment

to hoist the wind onto the sails.

His compass is the stars.

A solitary star to ward-off evil,

another for snoozing the howl of a storm.


[This is a poem about ascertaining that fisherpeople engage in an act of technical know-how relevant to their profession though unrecognised in the casteist environment which relegates them as “unclean” or uncivilised.]


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Updated On : 19th Jul, 2021


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