Ramprasad Sen

(1718 - 1775 / Halisahar / India)

She's Playing In My Heart - Poem by Ramprasad Sen

She’s playing in my heart.
Whatever I think, I think Her name.
I close my eyes and She’s in there
Garlanded with human heads.

Common sense, know-how-gone,
So they say I’m crazy. Let them.
All I ask, my crazy Mother,
Is that You stay put.

Ramprasad cries out: Mother, don’t
Reject this lotus heart You live in
Don’t despise this human offering
At Your feet.

[Translated by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely]


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012



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