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  The Red Hills

Now begins dawn
smeared with saffron and camphor
sacred ash and vermilion
offering petals of full-blown roses
as you glide
in an open-skied dream
over the red-earthed slopes of Thirupathi
where storks fly high
and black peacocks live

Home to the patron of the mountain lands
the Three-Pronged One with lotus-red feet
and scarlet-leafed gleaming spear

the righteous arrow of warfare

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