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Chine collee print
5 x 7


The gopis splash in the water,
laughing and gossiping.

They come out from the lake
to find I’ve taken
the saris and underthings
they left on the grass.

I call from the tree and ask
them to approach me,
their arms raised above their heads
as devotees, water glistening
on their breasts, dripping from
their braids.

I return their garments
as, one by one, they
come near, laughing,
impelled by love.