“Just for a moment, flowers appear”
Just for a moment, flowers appear
on the empty, nearly-spring tree.
Just for a second, wind
through the wild thicket thorns.
Self inside self, You are nothing but me.
Self inside self, I am only You.
What we are together
will never die.
The why and how of this?
What does it matter?
English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri
from Poetry for the Spirit: Poems of Universal Wisdom and Beauty, Edited by Alan Jacobs
Lalla, also affectionately called Lalli, Lal Ded, Lal Diddi (“Granny Lal”), or Lalleshwari, was born near Srinagar in Kashmir in northern India/Pakistan.
Little is known with certainty about her life, other than hints that come to us through her poetry and songs.