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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.