NIGHTFALL IN THE CITY OF HYDERABAD
by: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
- EE how the
speckled sky burns like a pigeon's throat,
Jewelled with embers of opal and peridote.
- See the white river that flashes and scintillates,
Curved like a tusk from the mouth of the city-gates.
- Hark, from the minaret, how the muezzin's call
Floats like a battle-flag over the city wall.
- From trellised balconies, languid and luminous
Faces gleam, veiled in a splendour voluminous.
- Leisurely elephants wind through the winding lanes,
Swinging their silver bells hung from their silver chains.
- Round the high Char Minar sounds of gay cavalcades
Blend with the music of cymbals and serenades.
- Over the city bridge Night comes majestical,
Borne like a queen to a sumptuous festival.
POEMS BY SAROJINI NAIDU
"Nightfall in the City of Hyderabad"
is reprinted from The Golden Threshold. Sarojini Naidu.
New York: John Lane Company, 1916.