PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY – THE TAJ MAHAL

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TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces”, is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. It is one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history.

Today, we ask you to use the magnificent Taj Mahal as inspiration for your poems. They could be about someone’s final resting place written in maybe an Elegy, or you could incorporate an Indian form of poetry (Naani, comes to mind). Any adventure you can muster based on this stop on our itinerary is most welcome!

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10 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY – THE TAJ MAHAL

  1. connielpeters

    Remember

    Did the emperor
    who commissioned
    the Taj Mahal
    to be built to entomb
    and memorialize his wife
    give her nice things
    when she was alive?

    Why do we wait
    until one’s dead
    to say nice things
    and send flowers?
    I ask the Lord this favor,
    May I attend
    my own funeral?

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  2. […] PHOENIX RISING – DESTINATION: POETRY – THE TAJ MAHAL […]

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  3. I’ll add this Ghazal…

    TOMB OF TRUEST LOVE

    Oh, dearest sapphire of the night sky,
    I sit here and grieve outside of your tomb.

    Your passing leaves me without a purpose
    and so I remain outside of your tomb.

    There is a chasm here deep in my heart,
    I am a fissure outside of you tomb.

    Who knew that you would come to spell my doom,
    I, a broken man outside of your tomb.

    All the riches in the world cannot buy
    your release from inside of your tomb.

    So I will wait in silence for my death,
    an un-cast statue outside of your tomb.

    Love will guide me across this great divide,
    reincarnated inside of your tomb!

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  4. LESSON: Sumati Satakamu Poems

    Sumati (also spell as sumathi), like Naani, is one of the famous poetic forms in Telugu. In the last line of sumathi poem has sumathi!, that is called “Makutam”. Hence, Every poem has Makutam. This is the moral of the poem as written. These poems are educational tools to improve moral values in the children in Telugu schools. In these poems are common Telugu words and limited samskrutam (sankrit) words. Sathakamu mean 100 poems.

    EXAMPLES:

    Bad person has poison in his entire body.
    If compare with poison in snake head
    and poison in scorpion tail,
    these are better than bad person.

    ***

    If friendship is going fine,
    there are no mistakes to find out.
    If mistake occurred in friendship,
    there are so many mistakes to find out in friendship.

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  5. Death is a thief in the night,
    come to take life as his valued prize.
    Spend all good assets while alive,
    death will leave unfulfilled.

    (C) Walter J. Wojtanik, 2015

    My first attempt at a Sumathi poem.

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  6. Marian Veverka

    Thanks for the information, Walt. From a time long ago and from a land far away, we learn that sorrow for the loss of a loved one is universal and that the arts – music, sculpture and poetry can offer comfort.

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  7. On a Lesser Scale

    Nothing as titanic as
    the Taj Mahal, besides
    it is taken. My essence
    needs freedom of ocean.

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  8. July 9 – Taj Mahal

    Self-Immortalized

    The only certain thing in life is death
    But letting go can be quite difficult
    So we build monuments and shrines
    That are all but fancy expensive tombs
    Man’s attempt at self-immortalization
    Man’s attempt to keep memories alive

    But the entombed have passed away
    And the builders will soon follow suit
    The bones will decay and the flesh rot
    And one day the monument will fall
    As does everything that man constructs
    For only God can create immortality

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