The guide is very knowledgeable
about history, culture, and religion,
and the route includes sites important
to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Bahá’í,
architecture buffs, political geeks,
and enthusiasts of all the arts.
The tour samples the sacred and secular
stew that has always epitomized Delhi,
filled with great peoples, societies, and religions
at their most glorious and most violent.
A compliment about his silver bangle
brings the revelation that it’s a symbol
of his status as a Brahmin prince
with personal devotion to Krishna,
possibly the reason for visiting the temple
of the ‘Society of Krishna Consciousness’,
featuring a trip through the animatronic
multimedia show on the Ramayana
and Mahabharata – India’s history
in twenty-three over-the-top minutes.
It’s easy for an outlander to be skeptical
about a guide-for-hire being a prince,
yet at day’s end, while waving goodbye,
the sun catches his bracelet, momentarily
reflecting a light-shaft in the same vibrant blue
as the skin on the temple’s Krishna statue.
Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences, with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and online in journals from Australia, India, Dubai (UAE), England, Scotland, and the USA, including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Red Paint Hill, Elsewhere, Frogpond, Mudlark, and Counterexample Poetics. He is fond of avant-garde jazz, murder mysteries, contemporary poetry, and travel, and lives in Alexandria, VA, with his bride, two Maine Coon cats, and a Tibetan Terrier named Finn. His website: http://kimpeterkovac.tumblr.com. His Twitter: @kimpeterkovac.