When Words Fail, Similes Fall Short… - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak
Some paint the beauty of their blesséd love
In beauteous fair words in waltzy verse,
Some keep be-framed likeness in pouch or purse,
Or in whatso ways fancy may one move;
Someone, if he were a mighty Mogul
Emperor Shah Jehan1, would a Taj1 gild
With precious stones that might ere long get dull,
Or one of many a hundred things build.
Yet I would, no thanks, by none of them mine;
I know she’s a jewel forever rare,
I’d just say: she by self her own doth shine
Like a luminous star no more to aver;
When words fail and similes fall in faith,
I’d much but say, ‘ah she! ’, and hold my breath.
1. Shah Jehan: He was the Mogul emperor in Seventeenth
Century India, who built the famous monument Taj
Mahal in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
The sonnet takes full quota of seven pairs of rhymes
(abba/cdcd, efef/gg) . The poem was inspired by one of
- Sonnets | 11.11.08 |
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