Mira Bai

            I don't sleep. All night

I don't sleep. All night
I am watching for my love.
Friends offer
wise words.
I reject them.
Without him I can't rest,
but my heart is not angry.
My limbs are weak,
my lips call to him.
This pain of separation
cannot be understood.
I am like the rainbird calling for clouds,
like fish craving water.
Mira is lost,
hers senses are dead.

   Hindi; trans. Willis Barnstone & Usha Nilsson

Mira Bai, Hindi, trans. Willis Barnstone & Usha Nilsson.