“But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her,

barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my window

in one of the fragile cotton dresses of the poor.

She will look in at me with her thin arms extended,

offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.”


~William Collins



A day of respite for this aesthete. If you’re of a mind, take one of your own. In the meantime, I leave you with the words of the wonderfully gifted, yet largely unrecognized, English poet, William Collins, paired with this luminous image of ‘Light and Shadow’ from the exotic land that houses that most venerated of world wonders, the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India.

Photographed by Indian State Railways, it is part of the collection of the National Geographic Archives.




~ by eaesthete on 05/14/10.

5 Responses to “”

  1. all beautiful and deserving. enjoy the respite. Gaye

  2. Very lovely – you did mention something to me about a getaway!

  3. Many happy returns of the day.

    I’m glad you’re still here.

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