Dedicated today to the OCCUPY Bay Street Activists, Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

For the Eastern Ghats

 In these hills

there is stupendous green

tamarind trees

herbs

wild grasses

 

In these hills

there is inspiration

a wide sky

spontaneous waterfalls

heat soft to the skin

 

In these hills

there are villages

‘two houses or more make a village’

the British law said

(for the purpose of collecting revenue)

 

In these hills

there are steps of growth

from pulses to banana trees

twenty food varieties

made possible by rich soil

and small canals branching waterfalls

 

In these hills

there are some train tracks

some roads

state tourism plans

bio-prospectors

attempted mines

 

In these hills

there are people

who’ve lived with these hills

from heights of time

before the revenue-villages of the British.

They are still living here

Let them live.

 

From breathing for breadth, by Salimah Valiani (TSAR: 2005)

Photo by Salimah Valiani

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