Loomed over by Howrah Bridge --
that big steel beast --
the flower market is a world of color,
marigold garlands in orange, yellow,
and alternating orange & yellow.
The odd stack of roses:
white, pink, and -- of course -- red.
White garlands with red accents.
Loose flower heads in piles,
pecked at by tiny birds
that bounce and flit.
Rose petals at risk
of being carried by a gust
into a swirling cyclone of
only to be left littered on
the muddy pavement.