Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Beauty of the Valley, 1920

A Beauty of the Valley by Gertrude Hadenfeldt
A Beauty of the Valley by Gertrude Hadenfeldt

Found this beauty in 'The Charm of Kashmir' (1920) by V.C. Scott O'connor (Vincent Clarence Scott, 1869-1945). Miss Gertrude. Hadenfeldt's water color of Kashmir are still quite popular. She had spent around five years in the valley.

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  1. Pale hands that once loved me beside the Shalimar...... Aga Shahid Ali

    Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight
    before you agonize him in farewell tonight?

    Pale hands that once loved me beside the Shalimar:
    Whom else from rapture's road will you expel tonight?

    Those "Fabrics of Cashmere -" "to make Me beautiful -"
    "Trinket" - to gem - "Me to adorn - How - tell" - tonight?

    I beg for haven: Prisons let open your gates -
    A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight.

    Executioners near the woman at the window.
    Damn you, Elijah, I'll bless Jezebel tonight.

    Lord, cried out the idols, Don't let us be broken,
    Only we can convert the infidel tonight.

    Has God's vintage loneliness turned to vinegar?
    He's poured rust into the Sacred Well tonight.

    In the heart's veined temple all statues have been smashed.
    No priest in saffron's left to toll its knell tonight.

    He's freed some fire from ice, in pity for Heaven;
    he's left open - for God - the doors of Hell tonight.

    And I, Shahid, only am escaped to tell thee -
    God sobs in my arms. Call me Ishmael tonight

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