Friday, November 13, 2015

"The Fish and the Crocodile" attributed to Mirabai

The Fish and the Crocodile

When Nand's son with his dark face appeared to me,
I forgot about the world and its duties. I went out of
      my mind.
A crown of peacock feathers opened on his forehead,
And I saw the spot of saffron which made my eyes
Light caught on his earring; his hair curls fell over his
Like fish who crawl out of a pond to meet a crocodile.
My Lord has entered the play, and the world is
Mira says: I dedicate myself to every arm and leg of
      this Lord.

Source of the text - Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems.  Versions by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2004, p. 8.  This poem was translated by Robert Bly.

TJBExtraordinary blazon-metaphor: a cheek like earth, lock of hair like fish crawling on land, the lover’s mouth perhaps like the crocodile.

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