Friend, without that Dark raptor

by Mirabai

English version by Andrew Schelling


Friend, without that Dark raptor
I could not survive.
Mother-in-law shrills at me,
her daughter sneers,
the prince stumbles about in a permanent fury.
Now they've bolted my door
and mounted a guard.
But who could abandon a love
developed through uncounted lifetimes?
The Dark One is Mirabai's lord,
who else could
     slake her desire?

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

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