May He Protect You

by Candaka

English version by W. S. Merwin & J. Moussaieff Mason


Krishna went out to play
Mother
and he ate dirt

Is that true Krishna

No
who said it

Your brother Balarama

Not true
Look at my face

Open your mouth

he opened it
and she stood speechless
inside was
the universe

may he protect you

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