Life, what is it but a dream?


What do you sell O ye merchants ?
Richly your wares are displayed.
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirror with panels of amber,
Daggers with handle of jade.

What do you weigh, O ye vendors?
Saffron and lentil and rice.
What do you grind, O ye maidens?
Sandalwood, henna, and spice.
What do you call , O ye pedlars?
Chessman and ivory dice.

What do you make,O ye goldsmiths?
Wristlets and ankles and ring,
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons
Frail as a dragon- fly’s wing,
Girdles of gold for dancers,
Scabbards of gold for the king.

What do you cry,O ye fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate, and plum.
What do you play ,O magicians?
Spells for aeons to come.

What do you weave, O ye flower-girls
With tassels of azure and red?
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom,
Chaplets to garland his bed,
Sheets of white blossoms new-garnered
To perfume the sleep of the dead.

–Sarojini Naidu

I wish the (present)bazaars of Hyderabad are like poetic description…………


9 responses

  1. selson


    November 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm

  2. sajith

    good job.the photo is more lyrical……

    March 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

    • @ Sajith: Thanks a lot.. The place is more beautiful than the poem n the photo… you wud agree with me if yu visited the place

      March 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  3. vasavi

    the best poem i have ever read .

    August 15, 2009 at 4:05 am

  4. vasavi

    the merchants sell knife with handle of Jade,tunics of purple stones, i love it…………..

    August 15, 2009 at 4:14 am

  5. this is real. try it.

    September 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

  6. Sanjana

    i am in class lV and i have the same poem in my book. its one of my favorite poems.

    October 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

  7. brocade mirrors of ambers of jade !! oh! IT ROX *REALLY* B)

    February 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  8. divya

    a good poem

    October 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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