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Bob Lucky – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Just Looking

I'm walking down a road near the New Delhi railway station, checking out the sidewalk booksellers. There's an assortment of tattered paperbacks, pornography in Hindi, and comic book versions of the Ramayana.

morning tea break
the fortune teller's
paan-stained smile

On the ground in front of me, I see a warped, mildewed copy of Eric Newby's A Traveller's Life and pick it up. Inside the front cover I look for the inscription my wife, who was not yet my wife, wrote to me almost thirty years ago. I left the book on a bus in Rajasthan.

safe deposit box
a ten rupee note rolled up
in my wedding band


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