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MAHARANI

MAHARANI

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Published by bohdansirant5906
Early of a Sunday morning, a man reads poetry, drinks coffee, while his wife, whom he fondly refers to as his "maharani" sleeps next to him. The vision of her sleeping invokes images of the spectacular Hindu Kush, Kashmir valley, Ganges River, Bay of Bengal, Mount Everest and other exotic geography and locales.
Early of a Sunday morning, a man reads poetry, drinks coffee, while his wife, whom he fondly refers to as his "maharani" sleeps next to him. The vision of her sleeping invokes images of the spectacular Hindu Kush, Kashmir valley, Ganges River, Bay of Bengal, Mount Everest and other exotic geography and locales.

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Published by: bohdansirant5906 on Feb 15, 2012
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MAHARANI 
 by Bohdan Sirant, 2012Sunday dawn’s sunbeamslight up an old creaky bedOne made of mango burnished a rusty orange-redIts chiseled frame shiningas if cherry amber all aglowthe boards ornately carvedwith prowling tigerselephants with trunks raised upmonkeys with curved tailsscrambling uptilting trees and coconut palmsgathering mellow fruitand Nature’s other almsand various shapes of leaf with veiled village girlsand all their patent charms jingling bangles on their armsand jungle trails bentserpents with twisting tailsand other exotic scenesand rural eventsall blissful and contentin classic bas-relief stretching far acrossthe Indian subcontinentMy maharani
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sleepslike the lofty Hindu Kushsprawling like Kashmir its fertile valley lush andancient timber bushfed by cascading rivers clear they flow swiftly downin bubbling whips bringing pure and vital siltsfrom the radiant mountain tipsand diamond crownof Pir Panjalthey churn, roil and falldown through the vast valeand every secluded dell
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From the Sanskrit, meaning “great queen.”
 
deposit life-sustaining richesto every field and wellfor the common benefit of allto nurture every living thingwhether on foot, hoof, fin, or wingThe quilted teal blue duvetdips below her ample hips and tushforms a pristine alpine lakesparkling with spectral ray and huea shimmering shakeand source of clear cool flushthat froth and rushto sustain the teaming life below the glacial crushHer occasional snoresthat slip from her lipsrecall distant elephanttromboning and trumpetingfaintly echoing across decadesthrough a vivid and verdant valleyand terraced rice paddywhere a buffalo wades past a breezy gladewhere peacocks slowly stir and further still past this morning’s killand scene of wild distressto a mound of boldly striped fur where a snoozing regal tigressand her snuggled kittens purr Long locks of glossy raven hair flow, curl and cascade downas if a wide and winding river its chilly melt flowing alongthe folds of silvery satin sheetsto the headwatersof the sacred Gangesits richly laden waters flowing past the temples of ancient Benaresand the burning pyres glowingand the wrapped dead floatingdown to the bright Bay of Bengalglittering at the foot of the bed

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