Moonless night

The grating rises. Inside, great coils sear with redness. The shroud is ripped off and thrown to a side. His hands are wrenched away from the tiny toes. With a firm push, the trolley races into the coils. Huge flames erupt, licking the shrivelled body. A lever is swung, the grating crashes down.

Morning. An ashen-faced man scans a shelf. An urn, neatly labelled, is placed on the counter. Ashes and a bone fragment.

A priest chants by a river. A brinjal and some white flowers float away.

Moonless night.
A bitch howls
by a dead puppy.


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