She Falls Asleep in Strange Places
When Sita’s father calls he does not speak
a spill of potatoes and jackfruit on pavement.
The front door is reluctant to Sita’s touch,
are the slippers? Where is her mother singing?
on the ride back, sleeps for the next two days.
She sings the songs of afterschool, recalls
a whiff of cardamom; Disney Channel until six,
waltzes with owls. Soprano, soon-to-be-
She asks her dad if he remembers. She asks him
her mother wakes. Her mother calls her
on the dead. Her mother closes her eyes.
Sita finishes fluffing the pillow. That night
green-skinned, unable to accept the party
This will only hurt a bit, the witch had promised.