Unnoticed Details

Queued For Viewing, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India copy
Minarets and domes
Archways and inlays
All this beauty
Did I capture

And through it all
A grand parade
Of faces, of beings
The beauty hardly noticed

Queueing to Enter
Taj Mahal
Uttar Pradesh, India

Taken during travels, 2017

A grand parade, indeed. It was a Sunday, a weekend, a day on which the tourists come, from all the world, from all of India. Thousands. Perhaps tens of thousands. The Indian tourists queued all the way round the retaining wall for the chance to view (and sneak a prohibited photograph of) the lovers’ tombs inside the mausoleum. And the foreigners, charged ten times the entrance fee, given the right to waltz right in.