A sestina. 

Meanwhile in Kathmandu


You have been to many temples,

There is nothing more left to do.

Now walk slowly the endless streets,

Escaping the dust and dirt and shit.

Both coexistGods and Demons;

Do not disturb their old slumber.


Calm as children in deep slumber,

The mountains dream above the temples.

Some people here live like Demons

Mean and selfish, what makes them do

Nothing but eat and pray and shit?

You might run into them in streets.


Be careful while crossing the streets,

The bikes move as if they’re in slumber.

Rules of traffic? They don’t know shit!

The Gods tremble in their temples,

Thinking what the mad traffic can do

To any but the bloody Demons.


The Bagmati runs, the Demons

Dance all over the muddy streets—

What more is there for them to do?

The monks chant their hymns in slumber;

The prayer wheels run in the temples.

You’ll have to bear a lot of shit,


When almighty Gods take their shit.

The earth shakes and breaks, the Demons

Fly away to the nearest temples,

Huddle together off the streets.

Ganja-numbed, they go back to slumber;

They always do what they have to do.


You’re here, do you know what to do?

Eat lots of buff momos, and shit.

Drink hooch and fall into slumber.

When awake, call all the Demons,

March along the blasted Freak Streets,

Make booze and whores your new temples.


Now let me slumber with the Demons—

I do require dead silence. Shit!

Who’s shouting in streets by the temples?

Bibek Adhikari 

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2018-07-03 at 13:35

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Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
I love the word "hooch"! One of many fine touches in this agile and immensely satisfying sestina. Bravo!

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
This is another WOW poem in form and content. A sestina is not easy to do but you keep on trying new forms. I love your poems of Kathmandu. You make the place sound like a world of contrasts which I enjoy. Great work. (I have a lot of catching up with you, and I will a little at a time.)

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Great job with a tricky form!

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Wow, this is stunningly good. You've tamed the sestina, more than that you've brought Kathmandu vividly to life, all senses engaged.

Brilliant writing.