Reflection on the Taj Mahal ©
Frank E Gibbard
Marbled reservoir of a husband’s tears
White shrine to his lover’s leaving
Shines on serene through all its years
Eternal sign of a Mogul’s grieving.
Symbol of one of the world’s great amours
Built to mirror his Mumtaz’s perfection
Divine design that like their love endures
Epitomising such sublime affection.
It’s said Shah Jahan planned another mausoleum
An identical tomb but this in mourning black
They’d steal the breath of all who’d see them
Twin memorials at Agra back to back.
The Shah however was overthrown
By an ambitious son now little known.