My Way of Worship

I tie  flowers in the evenings
place the sequence on the idols,
and pray.

Easy to string the delicate “pichis ”
with  long stems than “mallis”
that have short ones.

Significant for their fragrance
the white flowers add to the
aura of divinity.

I make a small strand for me
hang round my tiny hairdo
a practice from my childhood.

With flowers in bamboo baskets,
I fasten them together, perhaps
a half an hour work.

Perform the ritual with passion,
am incapable of sharing
the exhilaration.