As If

from room
to room sprinkling
the holy water, making beds,
burning incense, lighting candles everywhere I go. I
try to keep my son from harm, the Hanuman Chalisa never far. After
the dust storm, my son's angel prints disappear,
as if they were never
here, as If
I was

Note - The "Hanuman Chalisa" is a popular devotional hymn dedicated to the God "Hanuman."
Hindus keep thin booklets of the hymn for reciting/praying and for warding off evil around them.