Poem 21

Jagu piyari ab kya sowe

O beautiful maiden, wake up!
Why are you now sleeping?
The night has gone,
Why sleep through the day?
The one who remains awake
Gets the precious gem.
You sleep, wasting your life.
Only severe suffering you’ll earn.
Your Beloved is truly wise
But you’re a foolish lady.
Why did you not adorn
The bed for your beloved?
Wake up! Lookl!
Your beloved is not in the bed!
Early in the morning he departed.
He has abandoned you!
Kabir says, “That lady wakes
Whose heart is pierced
By the Master’s Word!