The self forgets itself

by Kabir

English version by Linda Hess and Shukdeo Singh
Original Language Hindi

The self forgets itself
as a frantic dog in a glass temple
barks himself to death;
as a lion, seeing a form in the well,
leaps on the image;
as a rutting elephant sticks his tusk
in a crystal boulder.
The monkey has his fistful of sweets
and won't let go. So
from house to house
he gibbers.
Kabir says, parrot-on-a-pole:
who has caught you?

-- from The Bijak of Kabir, Translated by Linda Hess / Translated by Shukdeo Singh

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