- Field. Filed. Fled.
- This is a field of tiny bones, all girls.
- Beyond the field is a small pond/river/body of water. Where the mothers take the bonegirls & return alone.
- There is an art to drowning.
- A field is an open expanse of land—a grave.
- First you must submerge the body. Best if head underwater.
- A river—a bed of sediment, water & death.
- You must be prepared to hold the baby girl asunder & not let go. Do not let go. You must be prepared to fight.
- If you return with the girl, he will beat you & then kill you both.
- I should not tell you this: survival is not made for two.
- The hardest part will not be the water, but carrying your limp bonegirl back to the field.
“Of the 11 million abandoned children, 90% are girls.”
—Times of India
in Hindi: Chōra dēnā
1. to cease support or look after (someone); desert
Indian woman delivers,
abandons baby in plane toilet. 2010
“More than half of India’s billion-plus
population is below age 25.”
2. give up completely
Seven-day-old baby girl left
abandoned in hospital. 2012
“In India, one in six girls
does not live to see her fifteenth
3. (abandon oneself to) allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse)
baby girl on train. 2012.
“India is a dangerous place
to be a woman.”