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  • Good repute is water carried in a sieve. / Only if you can grasp the wind in your fist / or hold an elephant chained secure with a hair / will you maybe succeed in keeping your good name clear.

    • Lalleswari,
    • 14th cent., in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • The soul, like the moon, / is new, and always new again.

    • Lalleswari,
    • 14th cent., in Coleman Barks, Lalla: Naked Song ()
  • I was passionate, / filled with longing, / I searched / far and wide. / But the day / that the Truthful One / found me, / I was at home.

    • Lalleswari,
    • 14th cent., in Jane Hirshfield, ed., Women in Praise of the Sacred ()

Lalleswari, Indian poet

(14th cent.)

Also known as Lalla.