At the Burial

Faiz Ahmad

As they haul her down
in a white cotton shroud

a few feet into the earth
upon the bamboo bed

the assembly of mourners
huddles close, listening to

the flutter of their white kurtas
outlining the shape of winds

bending unbending
the dandelion stalks.

Faiz Ahmad is a recent graduate in Biological Sciences, IIT Madras, India. His work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Carousel and others.