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The Father of a Sick Daughter
by Rati Saxena
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  A father
with the feverish body
of his daughter,
seated on the bed
smelling of vomit,
prays
that her dry lips
may blossom a bit,
that her dried eyes
may shine a little,
that her naughtiness
may dance like
the sound
of anklets.

This moment
he is not counting
the dowry to be given,
not thinking of
her education or her job,
– he does not remember
even the thorny boundaries
made by society –
he is doubtful
if the sun would rise
after the dark night.

The father of the sick daughter
started getting warm
like the sun.

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May 26, 2002
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