Mainstream, VOL LIV No 18, New Delhi, April 23, 2016
Sheikh Peer of the Twentythird
Monday 25 April 2016, by
(On the occasion of William Shakespeare’s birth and death on April 23)
You died the day you were born.And immortalisedThe day you died.Four hundred years afterWe come to you forKnowledge of our worldWhich you saw comingAs your sentience unfurled.Used to the full, youRemain inexhaustible.Your incomparable words shameOur cocksure certainties;In infinity of percipience youEnact 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.]