Hannah Loeb

Watch the pregnant lady
come into the cafe:
how her husband holds the door
and walks in after her.

Now take your sunglasses off.
It is whiter that way, which is why
it is so famous and so beautiful.

Muslims, who walk mosque yards
waiting for the call from the minaret,
are invited to go barefoot,

but you will need the little netted booties
for your soft feet.

She was not even his first wife,
but three fourths
of July, the lost porcelain, once hearing
what would have been her sigh,
and he felt his forehead crack
with the weight of what he had to build for her,

a wall of white light in the desert
daring you to imagine his grief.

The 'he' in the poem is the 17th century Moghul emperor of India, Shah Jehan, who bult the white Taj Mahal at Agra in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Poetry Atlas has many poems about India.

Main Location:

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Other locations:

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India