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In the wee hours does he wake daily,                weary and dazed – under woodsmoke haze To the eerie howls of jackals,                             he strolls And visits yonder fields of paddy,                      with a sickle in hand – frail and tanned To reap the crop ‘neath the hills of Maikal. Enshrined by the cragged silhouettes,               old and somber – by the flicker of ember Under darkest sky with a tinge of blue,              he feels His hands hack the wetted spikelets,                 cold and thin – cracks on skin As dawn breaks to clear the hue. The rustling ears fall to the moist earth,           every grain godsent – on a lifetime spent And he gathers the golden seeds,                      he prays This is wealth that for him is worth,                  for the future – of nature and nurture For it is all his family needs. His day ends with a mountain of tasks,            countlessly weighted – earnestly devoted ‘Til the Maikal shad