The way is difficult and very intricate

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

The way is difficult and very intricate.
Lalla discarded her books that told
about it, and through meditation
saw the truth that never comes
to anyone from reading words.

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

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