I hacked my way through six forests

by Lalla

English version by Ranjit Hoskote
Original Language Kashmiri

I hacked my way through six forests
until the moon woke up inside me.
The sky's breath sang through me,
dried up my body's substance.
I roasted my heart in passion's fire
and found Shankara!

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

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