Dark Friend, what can I say?

by Mirabai

English version by Andrew Schelling


Dark Friend, what can I say?
This love I bring
from distant lifetimes is ancient,
do not revile it.
Seeing your elegant body
I am ravished.
Visit our courtyard, hear the women
singing old hymns
On the square I've laid
out a welcome of teardrops,
body and mind I surrendered ages ago,
taking refuge
wherever your feet pass.
Mira flees from lifetime to lifetime,
your virgin.

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

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