At Last The Taj Mahal

At Last The Taj Mahal


I know it sounds selfish

but for me the story

of the grief besotted emperor

who took all the treasure

and built this memorial

to the beautiful wife who

died giving birth to his 17th child

was the subtext to my agenda:

since I was a boy

with my nose in a book

and my eye on a map

I have always wanted

to be here


here there is

a difference

between frisking and

touching and

I am

touched pleasantly

by military security

as I enter

through a massive

sandstone gate onto

a platform

putting me

on eye level

and I can see

it all

outward tilting


and an ivory dome

made perfect

for a broken

human heart



Franklin Abbott

24 June 2007

Stone Mountain







2 comments on “At Last The Taj Mahal

  1. I really like “there is a difference between frisking and touching.”

  2. A frisky frisk!! But that she had 17 children is shocking, no wonder he was so in love 🙂

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