On my recent trip
to Gujarat

I took
pretty photographs

of Modhera
The White Desert

and other pretty places


the image
I can’t delete
from my heart

my hard drive

is of a ragged street child
at Vastrapur Lake
who stepped out
from the promenading crowd

his left
index finger
into the stifling
late afternoon


and drew
a rectangle
to take
an imaginary selfie

with me

Andy Conner is a Birmingham, UK-based poet and educator, with a long track record of performing his work nationally and internationally. His credits include BBC Radio 4, Jaipur Literature Festival and India International Centre. His work ranges from the humorous to the very dark. Some of Andy’s poems have been written to help children of all ages deal with issues such as bullying and domestic violence. Recently, he has also worked in British schools, conducting workshops for National Refugee Week. He can be reached at andyconner@blueyonder.co.uk. Read other articles by Andy, or visit Andy's website.