Veiled*

May 25, 2011

George Such reads his winning poem, "Veiled"

2011 Walk Award
By George Such

Veiled

Women of the Jodhpur palace once sat
on this marble bench, looking down
at both courtyards through these jalis,
screens of red sandstone, carved
so they could see out, but not be seen.

They must have enjoyed this private world,
invisible as gods, the breeze
through the riddle, the gossip about
the goings-on below.

Sometimes, even though I know you well,
I see your eyes as jalis, you
behind them smiling, your world veiled
as it needs to be,
whispered through windows of stone.

*Copyright 2011 by George Such. Photo by Nancy Canyon.

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