|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
By Khurram Ali Shafique
Next is a serene monument, emanating an irresistible charm in its simple perfection. It is dedicated to Shakespeare.
A solitary flower stands outside. The Flower Princess must have visited the monument and left a footprint on which the dewdrop fell as the tear of a sufferer. That’s why there is not a bunch of flowers but just a solitary one. The private tribulations of Iqbal’s heart and his agony at not being able to tell the secret have all been transmuted into this flower.
“O Flower! Mend your torn garment before you worry about the nightingale’s bleeding heart,” the voice comes as a flashback. “Detach yourself from the domain of color and perfume if you wish to remain untouched by the autumn.” So, he detached himself from the temporal world for the Garden to be still green when you come here? After all, his Joseph was for your market.
The Shakespeare Monument is a compact structure of seven couplets. The biography of Iqbal’s mind ends here. From this point onward all expression is going to be for the sole purpose of facilitating your discoveries. The purpose of the Garden was not to “hide” Joseph but to “reveal” him, since he is a secret that cannot be learnt except by solving the kind of mystery presented here.
The Shakespeare Monument
The English playwright is recognized as the equivalent of Mawlana Rumi in the Garden.