Poem-A-Day: Mirabai (India)

I often enjoy fragments of ancient verse. My friend Nicole gave me the book Mala of the Heart a few years ago, and it is filled with completely wonderful poetry meditations. I like to feature them sometimes in this series.

Tonight I’m thinking about this one by Mirabai.

 

Love, you have wrecked my body.
Keep doing
that.

I am more well with this deep ache
of missing
you
than content with the
physical wonders
you can pacify
us with.

 

We’re not supposed to say “social distance” anymore, but rather “physical distance.” And truthfully, that is more to the point. We must stay more than six feet apart, but we also must maintain our social connections to each other. One will help defeat the current pandemic, and the other will keep us sane.

This will work — these both will work — and they can be difficult, but the separation is also temporary. The better at it we are now, the more temporary the physical distancing is likely to be.

I wish you well.

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Go to this month’s first Poem-A-Day to learn how to participate in a game as part of this year’s series. You can have just a little involvement or go all the way and write a cento. I hope you’ll join in!

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Mirabai (Mira) (ca. 1498-1565, India) was born into a noble family in northern India. From an early age, she worshipped Krishna. During her marriage to a prominent crown prince, her husband’s family actively sought to stop Mirabai’s meditations and prayers to Krishna. Upon her husband’s death, she refused to throw herself on his funeral pyre, proclaiming she was wedded to Krishna. Mirabai became a wandering ascetic devoted to Giridhara, a manifestation of Krishna.

Biographical information borrowed with respect from Mala of the Heart, edited by Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vogt.

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