Friday, March 25, 2011

Except That It Robs You of Who You Are

Except that it robs you of who you are,
What can you say about speech?
Inconceivable to live without
And impossible to live with,
Speech diminishes you.
Speak with a wise man, there’ll be
Much to learn; speak with a fool,
All you get is prattle.
Strike a half-empty pot, and it’ll make
A loud sound; strike one that is full,
Says Kabir, and hear the silence.

Kabir, translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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random said...

how simple and how true ... darn


Tuvshin said...

I especially love the last three lines :)