Delhi Fashion

from by Shit Whitman

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Time to go shopping for garments that fit the raj
“I know an outlet by the bay
where they let you try on
dhoti’s that don’t need to be dry-cleaned
to seem preened" you screamed
"You would look handsome if only you’d don a silk sarong!"

In song, we right wrongs
bring warmth to the coldest of nights
When the hearth of love
bleats like a hot kettle's hum
shrill infantile howl of a child
who desires just to prompt a fight

Let’s go tour Jodhpur avoiding airport hassle
Swing through the sky on an air line, tied on one side to a castle
oh what a shame! train delayed by demonstrating Jains
the rails they were laying finally killed the camel trade
so they lay, arranged, backs on the tracks, all aghast at last:

“outclass the caste with
steadfast lambastes
aimed to be broadcast!”
Anathemas of Agra
sell packages of bacc-o
but black and beedied lungs may decay
his patience for his station’s subjugation by the state

I can see fireworks above the bay of bengal
brilliantly scintillant, into the filth, they fall
but everyone is just so amazed by it all
they don’t notice the festering smoke
spewing out the chimney of the world by sea
on a single eve, Kringle must be nimble to encompass these quarter trillion domiciles
drag the bags of milk,
and then still find the time to alight on the Blighty Isles

"My child defiles the gift-giving season
rendered with greed and
who the hell’s to blame?!”
Please, in holy heaven’s name,
the father is the son, together they are one,
but now separated, not the same

Christ wasn't born on this day,
we’ll celebrate anyway
observing pagan fêtes
exchanging paltry presents
makes as little sense
as lifting all the tenets
of the great buddha
to spread your agenda
prance through the town, in a paper crown
bawling gaudily that you believe our god was born today


from Irrfan Khan Christmas, released December 25, 2016
Malcolm DC Ekman - guitar, vox, harmonium, tabla, bass
Brendan Cornish - mixing



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