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An excerpt from Vijay Seshadri's '3 Sections'

There’s drought on the mountain.

Wildfires scour the hills.

So the mammal crawls down the desiccated rills

searching for the fountain,

which it finds, believe it or not,

or sort of finds. A thin silver sliver

rises from an underground river

and makes a few of the hot

rocks steam and the pebbles hiss.

Soon the mammal will drink,

but it has first

to stop and think

its reflexive, impeccable thought:

that thinking comes down to this—

mystery, longing, thirst.

Excerpted from3 Sections, HarperCollins India, 68 pages, 299.

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