Jewel of the Palace

Jewel of the Palace

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

Jewel of the Palace

Silk and glass beads

in Meena Bazaar

brought your young eyes

to the beauty

of your chosen one.

Arjumand,

the perfect Persian princess,

captivated your soul,

mesmerised and transfixed

your very being.

You gifted her your trust,

held her companion and confidant,

gave her the Royal Seal

and bestowed upon her

such deep affection and favour.

Of your three blessed wives

she alone bore you fourteen heirs,

though only seven survived

to watch your adoration

carved in white marble symmetry.

So much immortal devotion,

set in the sinking mists

on the banks of the holy Yamuna,

passion wrought from living stone

the epitome of true love.

17/03/13


© 2013 John Alexander McFadyen



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historical and romantic. very good piece

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

There is beauty in history,jewels for the writer to uncover and polish in words. Thank you Kiran
very interesting, I was keen to hear more, i think that you are well practiced at creating biographical poetry, very well done

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you Sheema but I am but learning this and experimenting.
I love these historical writes of yours, John...I always come away feeling as though I have learned something new, even when I am familiar with the topic, I still feel as though you have breathed new life into my old brain...thanks for that ;-)

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you Kimmer. Come and rescue me from darling Frieda please!
KAOlmsted

4 Years Ago

Uh-oh...where are you guys? I'm still three weeks back in my RR queue xD

Always my ple.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Try 'Deep Love'
I really like the way John chooses classical or historical sources for his work. The last poems I have read from him are getting better and better, fine work.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

So many thank yous Leslie. I am humbled at such praise. Thank you!
Like the part where she had fourteen children. And more where she lost seven.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Junert

4 Years Ago

Hmm bet she did. Fourteen is seven times two. Big number.
John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

He fancied the pants off her!
Junert

4 Years Ago

Hahahaha there's always that in your work. Lol
not familiar with this...but like your description of it...

jacob

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Hi Jacob, thank you. It's the Taj Mahal story about Shah Jahan and the love he had for one of his wi.. read more
A very romantic place and poem. The inlaid jewels on the building and tombs are even more beautiful than the building itself, and the view from the other side of the river is breathtaking. Thanks for the reminder about the beauty of this place and of enduring love.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Hi Claire hope you are good. You are fortunate to have seen it for yourself. I am now determined to .. read more
Not bad, very mystic. You have a very fantastic tone here which suits your topic well and the imagery you use is well done. Good work.

Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Thank you Trigorin
This left me speechless John!

A whopping big thanks for writing such an exquisite poetry for the Taj Mahal! You captured the feeling and passion behind the great monument so awesomely. No words!

"So much immortal devotion,
set in the sinking mists
on the banks of the holy Yamuna" - Truly wondrous...! Matchless poetry!

Thanks also for presenting the facts of the great romance, so superbly!


Posted 4 Years Ago


John Alexander McFadyen

4 Years Ago

Dear Divya, it was you who inspired me to read the beautiful tale and it makes me very happy that yo.. read more
DIVYA

4 Years Ago

I did! A lot!
This poem is a beauty.
Thanks again John!

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John Alexander McFadyen
John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom



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