how much
this much
wow that’s
too much

steps outside
tells friend

where do
i even
start to
bargain when
the price 
is already
so high

maybe i’m
better off
not buying
those pants

walking with the comrades

It’s dark.
There’s a lot of activity in the camp,
but I can’t see anything.
Just points of light moving around.
It’s hard to tell whether they are stars or fireflies
or Maoists on the move.

-Arundhati Roy in Walking With the Comrades