Return to Karnataka

 Back at Rato

Back at Rato

 Long drive to get there  

Long drive to get there
 

 past hills,

past hills,

 some fanning skies.

some fanning skies.

 Welcomed by Hubli friends;

Welcomed by Hubli friends;

 It’s monsoon here

It’s monsoon here

 I visit a cattle fair along the way

I visit a cattle fair along the way

 Sellers watch

Sellers watch

 and sellees wait

and sellees wait

 some preen

some preen

 and get dolled up

and get dolled up

 some smile

some smile

 or shy away  

or shy away
 

 still others are oblivious

still others are oblivious

 and await

and await

 their fate

their fate

 Off they go

Off they go

 this way and that

this way and that

 as do we all

as do we all

 to greener parts, we hope

to greener parts, we hope