For S. Viswanathan
Did I dream the man’s death?
Did the man dream his life?
Was I awake or asleep when I
re-membered suddenly recognising him
As a parent is recognised by a long-lost child:
Surprising my Hindu host
(a pious Shakespeare man)
Did I then proceed to claim
That I then dreamt the Sankracharya’s death?
All I know is I knew
Knowing this man ever unknown to me
The press cutting irrefutably says:
Sankracharya, 101, Passes Away
It proceeds to call him god in man’s form
To tell how he protected a mosque
The devout were dying
to convert into his bedroom.
Sleep and waking