JAIPUR TREASURE

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 2nd March 2008, 00:00

Environed in sunshine and despotism,
a spring of life uncoils in perfumed, sybaritic, splendour.
The prince, inviolate as the mahseer in his palace-lapping lake,
tradition-guarded and sambhar-proud, receives the Moghul’s yearly tribute:
unheedingly accepts and stores, unopened, bales of silk,
embroidered most cunningly – the skill of generations in each stitch.
Rich carpets, from Amber’s forsaken palace, robe a hundred
bales of Benares’ cloth of gold, where many a miniature
of the Chinese-Persian School, in collar-dark, is lost amidst
the egg-sized uncut diamonds, sapphires, and knee-deep hoards of pearls.

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.

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