We See Here, He Said,

only one soldier on the porch, and only for a moment. 

Army is a visiting ferris wheel, he whispered. A carousel. 


The carousel’s accordion-clefted orbit arrives regardless of the hour. 


Then we are inside a world of soldiers to look at, the yielding work of paving stone —  

dandelion friend — the work an empty ashram does to invading soldiers. 

Published online October 29 2014.

Hari Malagayo Alluri is a poet, community facilitator and founding editor of Locked Horn Press. His short film Pasalubong: Gifts from the Journey was produced by the NFB. An editorial collective member for Rain Zine and Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth, he edited Proma Tagore’s Language is not the Only Thing that Breaks. Carving Ashes, Hari’s first collection, is published by CiCAC Press.

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This piece was published in ‘The Fall Issue,’ the Fall 2014 issue of CV2.

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