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From a Hymn to the Goddess of the Three Cities

for Anne Waldman


O speck of dust from your lotus feet

O island city of the sun

O waterfall of ghee

O bow made of flowers

O bowstring of bees

O daughter of snow mountain 

O coral-tree blossom

O necklace of wishing-jewels 

O forest of wishing-trees 

O refuge from the world

O lotus of a thousand petals

O full-blown blue lotus

O moon of musk

O liquid drop from a moonstone

O world drinking moonlight

A waterfall of nectar falls from the flowers of the mind


O eyes as shy as a forest deer

O body slender as a lightning bolt

O streak of vermillion in the part of your hair

O curling hair beautiful as young bees

O hair untied and flowing

O forehead like a second half-moon

O eyebrows slightly arched

O eyes like bees

(Day dawns in your right eye

Night falls in your left

and your third eye is the twilight)

O feathery eyelashes disrupting tranquility

The world is created when you open your eyes

and dissolves when you close them


O the three creases in your neck

O your four arms soft and slender as the filament of a lotus

O the loveliness of your hands

O your breasts like ruby jars of nectar

O the clothes slipping from your breasts

O the sweating curves of your breasts

O the deep pool of your navel

O the line of abdominal hair like a ripple on a river

O your thighs like golden plantain stalks

O your well-rounded knees

O the soft jangle of your anklets

O the streams of nectar flowing between your feet

O your lotus feet set upon my head


The morning sun opens lotus clusters in the minds of great poets

bright as moonstone slivers    sweet as milk and ghee    sweet

as the lotus fragrance of the mouth of the Queen of Speech

and your earrings slightly jangle as you listen and nod your head

keeping time in wonder and delight   your shining earrings

like little moons reflecting the brightness of your cheeks


You are mind you are space you are the wind and the fire the wind carries

You are the waters and the earth    there is nothing more

This lightless world is flooded with your radiance