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Mainstream, VOL LIV No 18, New Delhi, April 23, 2016

Sheikh Peer of the Twentythird

Monday 25 April 2016, by Badri Raina

(On the occasion of William Shakespeare’s birth and death on April 23)

You died the day you were born.
And immortalised
The day you died.
Four hundred years after
We come to you for
Knowledge of our world
Which you saw coming
As your sentience unfurled.
Used to the full, you
Remain inexhaustible.
Your incomparable words shame
Our cocksure certainties;
In infinity of percipience you
Enact the storm and the breeze.
May, O Peer, in our wilderness,
The thirst for you increase.

April 20, 2016 Badri Raina

[Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616 at the age of fiftytwo.]