Would a circling surface vulture

Would a circling surface vulture
        know such depths of sky

as the moon would know?

would a weed on the riverbank

        know such depths of water
        as the lotus would know?

would a fly darting nearby
        know the smell of flowers
        as the bee would know?

O Lord white as jasmine
        only you would know
        the way of your devotees:
        how would these
        these
        mosquitos
        on the buffalo’s hides?

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- Mahadeviyakkha         

From: Speaking of Shiva 1967 Translated: A.K. Ramanujan.

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