At the corner of State and Harrison
a tiny park stills, the light darkens,
like a hall holding breath
before the conductor raises the baton
hurling thunderbolt into brick; leaves
in a burst of breeze, like
a choir’s ripple in turning the page.
The tabla beat of rain is percussion
in the hands of a fat Ganesha.
to adjust fleshy thighs and stomach,
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Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. She made her debut as a novelist with the publication of Thunder Demons (2011), long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.