Art by Rohit Sharma

The Five Or Nine Alphabets That Make Your Name

I like those five or nine alphabets that
make your name.

Had you lived in the time of Shah Jahan,
he would have made the Taj Mahal
in the memory of his wife,
but would have inscribed on the Makrana marble in Persian
those five or nine alphabets of your name.

I say again:
had you lived in his time,
who knows if this fifth Mughal emperor
while spending his last, wretched days
as a prisoner in Shah Burj of the Agra Fort for eight years,
in that cold January of 1666,
while gazing at the Taj Mahal
was inscribing those five or nine alphabets of your name
on the walls of his prison room.

But who wants to be loved by Shah Jahan?
He had six wives –
he was a bored lover.

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Art by Rohit Sharma

 

 

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