Keki Daruwalla

(1937 - / Lahore / British India (Pakistan))

Al-Azhar Lecture

They are naïve, those who suggest
that the fortunes of the ruler
and the ruled go hand in hand.
Take the plague of 1350,
which traveled like a caravan
from China across the Pamirs
to the caravanserai called Egypt;
rested here, refilled its water-skins
and moved on to Europe.

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