Only He Knows the Bitterness of Love

Only he knows the bitterness of love
Who has deeply felt its pangs.
When you are in trouble
No one comes near you:
When fortune smiles.
All come to share the joy.
Love shows no external wound.
But the pain pervades every pore
Devotee Mira offers her body
As a sacrifice to Giridhara for ever.

- Mirabai

 

Translated by A.J. Alston

From: The Devotional Poems of Mirabai

Also in Poetry for the Spirit; Ed Alan Jacobs