The humid air smelt of the overripe mangoes
squashed at the bottom of its huge tree.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings tangle
to watch the cocks fight in their little ring.
A spree with spurs taped securely to their legs.
Held back by his leash a drooling dog.
Bets flowing from hands like blood water.
Behind hips hides a young girl clasping
hands over her ears, thinking of anything,
but of her friend being torn to shreds.
Shelly, go fill the pot with water.
Fighting the urge to vomit in her mouth.