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

Brother, I'Ve Seen Some - Poem by Kabir

Brother, I've seen some
Astonishing sights:
A lion keeping watch
Over pasturing cows;
A mother delivered
After her son was;
A guru prostrated
Before his disciple;
Fish spawning
On treetops;
A cat carrying away
A dog;
A gunny-sack
Driving a bullock-cart;
A buffalo going out to graze,
Sitting on a horse;
A tree with its branches in the earth,
Its roots in the sky;
A tree with flowering roots.

This verse, says Kabir,
Is your key to the universe.
If you can figure it out.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Comments about Brother, I'Ve Seen Some by Kabir

  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/9/2015 10:56:00 AM)

    ''your key to the universe''

    but.. is Poetry such?
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/9/2015 10:55:00 AM)

    ''your key to the universe''.. but: is Poetry such? (Report) Reply

  • Nick Kler (3/19/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    Nothing is as it seems....You are just caught up in an act. (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2013 1:02:00 PM)

    In this great poem, just what was Kabir, smoking, Hash? (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    In this great poem, just what was Kabir smoking, Hash! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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