Clouds

by Mirabai

English version by Andrew Schelling


Clouds --
I watched as they ruptured,
ash black and pallid I saw mountainous clouds
split and spew rain
for two hours.
Everywhere water, plants and rainwater,
a riot of green on the earth.
My lover's gone off
to some foreign country,
sopping wet at our doorway
I watch the clouds rupture.
Mira says, nothing can harm him.
This passion has yet
to be slaked.

-- from For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai, Translated by Andrew Schelling

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