Shillong's Headless Horseman
The man on horse back
wearing his bowler hat
is said to stride the roads
of a hill station where he
lived. But headless, the sounds
emanating clearly, horse hooves.
His spirit can never forsake a place,
a country which he ruled. I heard them once.
Clearly at midnight. Did not see but heard
till the noise deafened the ears, frightened
the soul out of wits and recalled Grandmother's
gory tales about her sons flying like UFOs.
Ananya S Guha