Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RADHA TO RAM LILA, by ANNA BUNSTON DE BARY

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RADHA TO RAM LILA, by            
First Line: Still in the moonlight gleam himalayan snows
Last Line: And till a tongue of ashes speaks again.
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Himalayas (mountains); Dead, The; Burials

STILL in the moonlight gleam Hima¯layan snows,
The sacred Ta¯j with pearly radiance glows
Between her towers and cypress sentinels,
And still the Jumna to the Ganges flows.

The orange garden scents the evening breeze,
The same grey squirrels haunt the tamarind trees,
And where white oxen work the creaking wells
About the oleanders hum the bees.

Still in the gha¯ts the funeral fires are red,
The city echoes where the bridegrooms wed,
And women plait the wreaths of marigold,
And pour the nard and balsam on the head.

And still, Ra¯m Li¯la, still I keep my pain,
And all the sounds and scents of earth are vain
Till kisses ripen on a dead man's lips,
And till a tongue of ashes speaks again.

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