BY JAN HAAG

INTRODUCTION + POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART





VIJAYANAGAR

1983



Central to the idea of peace in the world
are icons of worship. Among mud huts, a
hodge podge of pillars, antiquity supports
straw pallets as marketeers, disregarding

earwig and weevil, squat, lounge and sleep.
Or, serving sweet tea, tempt you with know-
ledge. 500 years ago, strawberries grew in
those green patches between banana stalk

and the sugar cane. Excavated yesterday:
a pipeline for the bath of the Empress who
waded with her ladies in jewel lined tanks,
bedecked with balconies. Across a desert

mile and centuries, elephants trumpeted
pleasure in their domes, bowed happily for
food, lifted advadhuts in sacred celebration,
engaged their tusks for war. Beyond the

balance for the Emperor's weight in gold,
sandals skimming a single rock, one came
upon temples where palm against stone brings
tone like the glass blower's art. Boulders,

black as holes swallowing the light, shoulder
the Tungabhadra, lead flowing, breathing the
sun. School children bathe from the Mandapa.
Spindle-legged Indians pace in the dust.

Silence hisses, clouds of ghosts lift their
bundles, walk away from the last two trees,
deserting the Empire, ruins of Hampi, so
children of the West can lay down their sacks

for sleeping in, ponder the central idea of peace
in the world, the icons of worship, the dust.







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OTHER POEMS ABOUT INDIA, TIBET, AFRICA





Crossroads

Elura

India

Khajuraho

Lung-gom-pas

Rwanda

Silence

Tibetan Chronicle

Vijayanagar



TRAVEL STORIES ABOUT INDIA



How I Fell In Love With India

Passing Through Bodh Gaya

Vijayanagar

The Wedding in Mahabaleshwar



TEXTILE ART BASED ON INDIAN ICONOGRAPHY AND MUSIC



Asian Diary #1, Kundalini

Asian Diary #2

Kalachakra

Mukra/Tukra/Chakradar




BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO