Stopping at a Traffic Light

that orphan child
made a deal
with her fairy godmother

once back home
after the excursion was over
she would quietly lie
in the darkness of an Indian noon
and go to sleep
with her mother

such are animals
riding toy trains
in zoological gardens

Ashok Niyogi was born in Calcutta in 1955. He has two published collections of poetry in India—Crossroads and Reflections in the Dark (both from A-4 Publications) and has one published book of poems in the United States—Tentatively (iUniverse). He has been published extensively online and in print in India, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and Holland.