Sunday, May 20, 2012

Your Sunday Poem

This by Mira (Mirabai, c. 1498 - 1550), renowned woman poet-saint of India. Her songs are still sung by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs today.  She was born a princess of Rajasthan and spent the last years of her life writing poetry and attending the destitute.  From Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, translated/edited  by Daniel Ladinsky  (Penguin Compass Books.)

A Hundred Objects Close By

          I know a cure for sadness:
Let your hands touch something that
            makes your eyes

I bet there are a hundred objects close by
            that can do that.

                 Look at
           beauty's gift to us --
her power is so great she enlivens
          the earth, the sky, our

The first Matilija Poppy of spring