Is My Mother Really Black

Is my black Mother Syama really black?
People say Kali is black,
but my heart doesn’t agree.
If She’s black,
how can She light up the world?
Sometimes my Mother is white,
sometimes yellow, blue, and red.
I cannot fathom Her.
My whole life has passed

She is Matter,
then Spirit,
then complete Void.

It’s easy to see
how Kamalakanta
     thinking these things
went crazy.

From: Singing to the Goddess .

Translated:  trans. Rachel Fell McDermott

(Kamalakanta)    (Poems of Kamalakanta)    (Hindu Poets)