Plodding, footslogging, the weight of the pack on her back weighing her down.
On past prayer flags flapping and pilgrims trekking, to reach the festival place by the tenth day of this the tenth moon.
There to watch her son in his long black chuba, its red lining flashing, his armour gleaming, weapons clashing, his felt-boots dancing upon the demon’s back in the Dramyin Cham
Written for What Pegman Saw: Bhutan
The Dramyin Cham is a ritual dance performed at festivals in which the defeat of a demon by the C12th saint Tsangpa Gyare is re-enacted.