Kabir

(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Plucking Your Eyebrows


Plucking your eyebrows,
Putting on mascara,
But will that help you
To see things anew?

The one who sees
Is changed into
The one who's seen
Only if one is

Salt and the other
Water. But you, says Kabir,
Are a dead
Lump of quartz.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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