Treasure Island

Kabir

(1440 - 1518 / Pratapgar, Uttar Pradesh, India)

How do you


How do you,
Asks the chief of police,
Patrol a city
Where the butcher shops
Are guarded by vultures;
Where bulls get pregnant,
Cows are barren,
And calves give milk
Three times a day;
Where mice are boatmen
And tomcats the boats
They row;
Where frogs keep snakes
As watchdogs,
And jackals
Go after lions?

Does anyone know
What I’m talking about?
Says Kabir.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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