Drifter, on your feet, get moving!

by Lalla

English version by Ranjit Hoskote
Original Language Kashmiri

Drifter, on your feet, get moving!
You still have time, go look for the Friend.
Make yourself wings, take wing and fly.
You still have time, go look for the Friend.

Charge your bellows with breath
like the blacksmith taught you.
That's how you turn your iron to gold.
You still have time, go look for the Friend.

-- from I Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded, Translated by Ranjit Hoskote

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