The Tomb

The Taj Mahal , ‘ The Crown of Palaces ‘
Has always made me feel so deeply sad
It’s one of History’s poisoned chalices
I’ve seen it but I wish I never had

This bland and white and lonely edifice
Which at its heart is just a gloomy tomb
Where even the King’s grave is placed amiss
( The plan not two but one grave did assume )

This shell of sadness alienates the mind
For we know how artisans’ thumbs were cut
So that there was no second of its kind
The King dethroned and in a prison shut

Ill-omened,ill-proportioned royal folly
The Taj inspires deepest melancholy

( ASA )

2 thoughts on “The Tomb

  1. VijayNair

    An excellent sonnet giving us a different perspectve.The Taj,indeed,evokes contrasting reactions.

    1. Amita Paul

      Thank you , Vijay Nair . I have always had more than a sneaking sympathy for Aldous Huxley who critiqued the Taj , especially his remark about the fact that it’s being constructed out of white marble tends to impress people much more than its other wonders :
      Quote by Aldous Huxley: “Marble, I perceive, covers a multitude of sins.”
      Aldous Huxley — ‘Marble, I perceive, covers a multitude of sins.’


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