The soul, like the moon

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

The soul, like the moon,
is now, and always new again.

And I have seen the ocean
continuously creating.

Since I scoured my mind
and my body, I too, Lalla,
am new, each moment new.

My teacher told me one thing,
live in the soul.

When that was so,
I began to go naked,
and dance.

-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks

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