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Your way of knowing is a private herb garden

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

Your way of knowing is a private herb garden.
Enclose it with a hedge of meditation,
and self-discipline, and helpfulness to others.

Then everything you've done before
will be brought as a sacrifice
to the mother goddess.

And each day, as you eat the herbs,
your garden grows more bare and empty.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - Your way of knowing is a private herb garden

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amaebi
May. 3rd, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
My way of knowing
grows on idiosyncratic soil
of crags and rots
and growing mellowness.
Having it grow barren
will not connect me more
with the sky and trees.
I will not fence it to keep
the breezes out, nor visitors.
bobby1933
May. 3rd, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. Thank you.

I typed a rather lengthy response then lost it.
Maybe later. It had to do with "barren" and "empty."
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