How Do You Poem by Kabir

How Do You

Rating: 3.5

How do you,
Asks the chief of police,
Patrol a city
Where the butcher shops
Are guarded by vultures;
Where bulls get pregnant,
Cows are barren,
And calves give milk
Three times a day;
Where mice are boatmen
And tomcats the boats
They row;
Where frogs keep snakes
As watchdogs,
And jackals
Go after lions?

Does anyone know
What I’m talking about?
Says Kabir.

Translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Ricky Manhatten 10 March 2021

I see a satire in this poem.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 March 2021

The name Kabir comes from Arabic al-Kabīr which means 'The Great' - the 37th name of God in Islam.. This poem is bit philosophical and bit thought-provoking poem. A great Figure in Indian Culture. Enjoyed reading. Congratulations as The Classic Poem Of The Day

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M Asim Nehal 10 March 2021

A great philosophical poem.

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Nicholas Antonie Antonie 10 March 2021

This is life in Seattle when you're waiting for the Police to help you.

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Preyanka Prasad 30 July 2023

I think the chief of police is asking Kabir how he "patrols the city" with his teachings. Particularly in a city/world filled with such backwards concepts. Or it is a question as to how Kabir keeps his beliefs in such a hopeless world.

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Preyanka Prasad 30 July 2023

How Kabir keeps his beliefs and teaches them where people are so weak-minded, perhaps too weak-minded to grasp the knowledge he is trying to deliver.

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Indira Renganathan 29 March 2021

All topsy-turvy and chaotic situation....difficult to face...I hope I am right

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Amir Marandi 12 March 2021

Awesome message behind your words. In the abandoned room, not even the morning sun, peeks through the window.

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Amir Marandi 12 March 2021

Awesome message behind your words.

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Khairul Ahsan 10 March 2021

I do not really know the answer to the question posed at the end of the poem.

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Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India
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