Night comes to an Indian ghost town..
footsteps follow well-trodden paths through an inkwell of darkness
upward toward a hidden citadel
where apparitions of inhabitants welcome the returning..
Evening swans are still singing in the ruins down below
to defy the arrogant rooster whose sure his day will come;
and who fills his barn with domestic fare and
sleeps in a snare of silence, unknowing that his days are fully done.