(Unbreakable, O Lord)

Unbreakable, O Lord,
Is the love
That binds me to You:
Like a diamond,
It breaks the hammer that strikes it.

My heart goes into You
As the polish goes into the gold.
As the lotus lives in its water,
I live in You.

Like the bird
That gazes all night
At the passing moon,
I have lost myself dwelling in You.

O my Beloved - Return.

Note: The poem above was written by Mirabai, a famous North Indian bhakti poet. She was born near Ajmir into a Rajput family in 1498. She married the crown prince of Mewar who died in battle five years later. Mirabai then devoted her life to praying to Krishna, adopted the ways of the sadhus (holy men), and rejected aristocratic norms. Her songs or ragas were written down after her death in about 1550. This poem was translated by Jane Hirshfield in the book, "Holy Fire" edited by Daniel Halpern.


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