by Niklas Lollo

In India, we think
travelers yearn to escape the stink
of each other to find the pink
underbelly of reality
to explore what’s true
what people don’t want to show you
what hasn’t been set-up as a tourist showroom
for unique and authentic experiences
they need only use all the senses
drop the pretenses and accept the sentence
engage the locals and live on the premises
stop straddling fences and paying rents
and instead of In India, we think
into India you sink.

Niklas Lollo:

I drink coffee with Niklas. We sit in the far right corner of the cafe on mahogany chairs inscribed with linoleum underneath a light with a shade that is bright almost brighter than most lights without shades. We don’t care about each other’s blemishes.