I wore myself out, looking for myself

by Lalla

English version by Ranjit Hoskote
Original Language Kashmiri

I wore myself out, looking for myself.
No one could have worked harder to break the code.
I lost myself in myself and found a wine cellar. Nectar, I tell you.
There were jars and jars of the good stuff, and no one to drink it.

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

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I wore myself out