Lay for the Day 7th
Mumtaz Mahal died, on this day in 1629, her husband, Shah Jahan, had the
Taj Mahal built as her mausoleum.
the book of Praises:
91. Of a Snapshot
Skinny in white on the
Taj Mahals terrace,
the nailhead dent of a three-quarter moon
on the noon-blue where the pierced, vanishing
clouds leave by the top right-hand corner
They made one of each, the
In the mausoleums millionth repeat
the dwarfed self-conscious standing in mid-step
on the marble s unique. I wouldnt give it
for all the holes in this stone screen or curves
of inlay, of carving or of domes.
Make, over the years, a numb
tide of feet
stop and match its unplanned self against you,
and remind the votive eyes in procession,
pressed to viewfinders, whats worth taking care for.
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