Taimur Awan

Selected poems from ‘Spiritual Balms’ (2020)

Poem 1

There is a Love diviner than life, –

That the throbbing heart cannot fathom, –

Like a lovely glimpse of a distant future, –

Removing the Curtains and Veils of eternal Life, –

The mortal heart is raised to sublimer latitude, –

Like the Pearly Crests of the lofty Stars, –

And this brief Odyssey of flesh forgotten, –

So, she lifted me to this Imperial State, –

And I forgot all the common stains of life, –

And foretasted all the Crystalline Floods, –

That are often denied to this posterity –

Poem 2

Eternal Beauty-

Your beauty, gift and Masterwork of divinity,-

Have kept me in vassalage all my life,-

Yet I have built a Taj Mahal in verse,-

To fortify your memory for all posterity,-

Like the Immortal scent of long faded Roses,-

Generation after generation will remember you,-

Like the ethereal galleries of the Stars,-

Adorned with their priceless Lustres,-

I will rise for your memory, Monument divine-

Poem 3

The mystic, in devout meditation found,-

Scorns all the darkest epidemics of life,-

And soars far above this over darkened bourne,-

And enjoys the divinest opium of life,-

Those vistas, those realms unexplored,-

Give my roving muse her sovereignty,-

Whose Immortal dialects full survive,-

In their eternal Pantheons blessed,-

Like antiquated Lustres full shine,-

Like the beacons of the everlasting Stars,-

And leave a greater Legacy to posterity,-

Torchbearers of those timeless Arcs,-

The bloodthirsty predator, Time,-

Her Jaws spare these Luminaries,-

And a far greater Station climb,-

Above all the towerings of posterity-

~ Spiritual Balms By Taimur Awan

Celestial Realms

This collection of poems by Taimur Awan will take the reader back in time to the classical religious poetry of 16th century England.

The poems are embellished with religious symbols and metaphors all connecting to the theme of immortality. The main symbols of divine immortality are the stars, which are remote, ordered and unchanged ever since mankind can remember. If we humans have originated from a source common to the stars, how, when and where have we lost that immortal existence and become victims to the the vagaries of Time?

Taimur’s love for the Classical period of English literature is evident from his style of expression, which may leave the readers bemused with its complexity. However, as one reads more poems and notices the unifying thread of symbolism, his poetry begins to explain itself. Each line becomes a place to pause and admire the choice of words which seem to flow so effortlessly from the poets’s pen.

The philosophy that guides much of Taimur’s poetry is a deeply spiritual one. Poetry is his passion and reason for being, and provides the spark for him to enjoy his existence and live fully in the realm of his world. Widely traveled and well read, Taimur’s interest in poetry and literature first came about when he was given a book of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by his friend Ali. Taimur’s commitment  and dedication to his chosen profession is admirable and exemplary and his long hours of study and research are more than apparent in his work.

Madhavi Murthy- June 2010