(Translated by Saleem Peeradina and the author.)
Raising its head above the fort, the city
was looking earthward :
Charming, rows of houses,
and still more delightful, the lane winding
through the ruined mansions.
The majestic city was peering down from above.
camels trumpeting funnels of dust:
grey, brown, swift-footed camels
taking the town as if by storm
and on their way out,
hauling away the fort on their backs.
stood outraged: hesitated for a moment
then shamelessly went after
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