The Dark One

Thick overhead
clouds of the monsoon,
a delight to this feverish heart.
Season of rain,
season of uncontrolled whispers—the Dark One’s returning!
O swollen heart,
O sky brimming with moisture—
tongued lightning first
and then thunder,
convulsive spatters of rain
and then wind, chasing the summertime heat.

Mira says: Dark One,
I’ve waited—
it’s time to take my songs
into the street.



For love of the Dark One: songs of Mirabai / Andrew Schelling; illustrated by Mayumi Oda. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1993. LC#: PK2095.M5 A6 1993;   ISBN: 0877738726