Humayun Meets His Death

And now a son
was born
to him
Most that he wished for
after regaining a lost empire
Now he lay dying...
Give of your most precious
said the hakim
Meaning the Golconda stone
But Humayun yearning love
and con-
-fusing it with sacrifice
pledged his life
Again and again he circled
the dying
as if himself wishing death on himself
The dead awakened
and his self languished away, a waning moon.

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