Meer Taqi Meer

(1723 - 1810 / Agra / India)

In The Prison Pen

Listless he eyes the palisades
And sentries in the glare;
'Tis barren as a pelican-beach
But his world is ended there.

Nothing to do; and vacant hands
Bring on the idiot-pain;
He tries to think- to recollect,
But the blur is on his brain.

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