Kabir

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

The Self Forgets Itself - Poem by Kabir

The self forgets itself
as a frantic dog in a glass temple
barks himself to death;
as a lion, seeing a form in the well,
leaps on the image;
as a rutting elephant sticks his tusk
in a crystal boulder.
The monkey has his fistful of sweets
and won't let go. So
from house to house
he gibbers.
Kabir says, parrot-on-a-pole:
who has caught you?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Collected from The Bijak of Kabir, Translated by Linda Hess / Shukdeo Singh

Comments about The Self Forgets Itself by Kabir

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/26/2019 10:12:00 PM)

    Very nice. Trapped in the maya man forget himself. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (3/1/2019 9:34:00 PM)

    self forgetting of self.. mystical. tony (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 2, 2012


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