Mind Don’t Sleep

Mind Don’t Sleep

So I say : Mind, don’t you sleep
Or Time is going to get in and steal from you.

You hold on to the sword of Kali’s name.
The shield of Tara’s name.

Can Death overwhelm you?
Sound Kali’s name on a horn and sound it loud.

Chant ‘Durga, Durga,’
Until you bring the dawn around.

If She won’t save you in this Dark Age-
But how many great sinners have been saved!

Is Ramprasad then
So unsalvageable a rogue?

BY: Ramprasad

Translated by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely

(Hindu Poets)          (Poem of the Day)