Kishori Amonkar

You sang
and others felt thirsty all night

Dasi teri janam janam ki...

All the weathers of the heart
Aquiline nose / flashing eyes
Rustle of rust saree

Watch discarded
and with it all pretension
to stand revealed
before all        a temperament...

Throwing away all for audience:
At my throat an old scarf
for wrapping used love-letters
Behind you        discipleship

And in your eye
the rain of god's mercy        Nainaré barsé
The mercy of Ahir Bhairav
And outside the hall
                    the dawn...

Hyderabad Recital
17 November 1991

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