"...THE CATTLE HAVE DIAMOND BONES..."
Salman Rushdie, SHAME, p. 100
|It started so far back I don't know
if I can remember,
remember how or when I lost importance in my eyes,
how or when my actions became for your benefit
and my ease became my burden.
The snakes came out to drink my tears,
the golden orb weaver spider shackled my limbs
with liquid crystal, a web stronger than steel,
the cattle trampled my heart, their diamond bones
glittering under the sun,
the cold gold fur of the lions crackled
electrically in the air, and shrunk them to
my house companion cats.
Mohenjo Daro is a place I've never been,
on the dry earth, through the clumps of dirt
raised as palisades -- pillars among the crevices of sky.
Cloddish jewels, geodes yet to be cracked --
what does the sealed heart contain?
Image Copyright © Niaz Ahmad, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Lahore, 1994
Some particularly beautiful Websites about the Indus Valley Civilization which includes Mohenjo-daro, the first city known to have been constructed, ca.2,500 B.C., on the "grid-system", are posted at:
Around the Indus in 90 Slides by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer.
(It's Index is extensive and impeccably mounted.), and The Indus Valley Civilization
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