And Then…

Peace, one and all…

Imagine the arches
and columns of your palace
already built,
with its roofpeaks
brushing against the sky,
its walls of garnet
its floortiles all
of pure ruby;
for two or three days
you loll inside, and then…
the eviction notice.
(Awhaduddin Kirmani, trans. Peter Lambourn Wilson)

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