Black Marigolds*

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Poetry

*Just finished reading John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row – wonderful, wonderful piece of writing – and in it he included verses from Black Marigolds, a poem written in Sanskrit by young Brahman poet Chauras about nineteen hundred years ago shortly before his execution for loving the king’s daughter.  Here are a couple of verses and here’s a link if you want to read the whole thing


Even now
I mind that I loved cypress and roses, clear,
The great blue mountains and the small grey hills,
The sounding of the sea. Upon a day
I saw strange eyes and hand like butterflies;
For me at morning larks flew from the thyme
And children came to bathe in little streams.

Even now
I know that I have savoured the hot taste of life
Lifting green cups and gold at the great feast.
Just for a small and forgotten time
I have had full in my eyes from off my girl
The whitest pouring of eternal light

  1. Paul Tobin says:

    Not read Cannery Row since I was about 14-enjoyed it then. Don’t remember the verse-though it does look interesting will check out the link. thanks

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