SUMAN POKHREL

SUMAN POKHREL (Nepal)
Suman Pokhrel is a Poet and Lyricist. He has some delightful collections of poems and songs to his credit. He is a man of letters, active in promoting poetry and art. Suman is one of the finest young Nepali poets today, known for his innovative style and grace. He has participatedin several international literary events, including SAARC Festivals of Poetry and SAARC Writers’ Conferences.

 

The Taj Mahal & My Love

Through years of my prime
I walked with a heart
crazy about love.

I wanted my heart to bloom
and shelter a shadow of love.
when the heart was soaked in passion
and was wet,
I wanted to wrench it dry
on love itself.
I wanted to paint a picture,
in indelible print, across
the canvass of my heart.

I stand today
in front of the Taj Mahal.
I watch the marble smiling
as the sunlight gives it a touch.
I feel gusts of wind
gone mad
as they come across
the heights of love here.
I listen to the music, waking in
the dream-eyed visitors’ quiet hearts.

I am tipsy after my
own feelings
themselves have become wine.
I forget myself, world and all.

I don’t know
whether I’m thinking of Shah Jahan,
Mumtaj or myself.
I’m quite disillusioned, stupefied,
enveloped under an expanding heart.

Shah Jahan who proved
an emperor to be shorter than a lover,
who turned a grave into a temple
who gave his beloved a place of God
and converted love into a prayer.