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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Come On, Mind by Sadhak Rāmprasād Sen

Come on, Mind, let’s go steal-
You and I together-
All Shiva owns- Mother’s feet,
If we can carry them off.

But if they catch us
In that watchful house,
That would be the end of the body.
They’d tie us up in Kailasa.

Don’t forget your guru’s advice
If we get in; we’ll wound Shiva
With an arrow of devotion,
Then grab those feet and run.


Date: c1770 (original); 1982 (translated)

By: Sadhak Rāmprasād Sen (c1718-c1775))

Translated by: Leonard Nathan (1924-2007) and Clinton B. Seely (1941- )

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Toast by Leonard Nathan

There was a woman in Ithaca
who cried softly all night
in the next room and helpless
I fell in love with her under the blanket
of snow that settled on all the roofs
of the town, filling up
every dark depression.

Next morning
in the motel coffee shop
I studied all the made-up faces
of women. Was it the middle-aged blonde
who kidded the waitress
or the young brunette lifting
her cup like a toast?

Love, whoever you are,
your courage was my companion
for many cold towns
after the betrayal of Ithaca,
and when I order coffee
in a strange place, still
I say, lifting, this is for you.


Date: 1985

By: Leonard Nathan (1924-2007)