One broom of reedy grasses,
One broom of coconut hair,
One broom of plastic bristles,
One pan for the dust out there.

One mop of braided cotton,
One mop of raggedy jute,
One mop of microfibres,
One pail for the water too.

One arms herself with these,
Mom: Astabhuja Kali,
Dusting down and cleaning up
Our home for a Diwali.

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