Ghazal #79 from Ghazals For The Friend, by Bill Gannett

Mother Kali is beautiful and ferocious beyond belief;
Approach her as a lover, and you will know soon enough!

Kali is not a mother who preserves the status quo:
She loves to destroy all that impedes her creative flow.

Kali is consciousness passionate to reveal herself-
She will rip limb from body to uncover her pure self.

She stands on her consort Shiva whose body appears dead:
He breathes and lives through her blood-dripping, smiling head!

She is Shakti, and delights to display her holy prowess;
Her thirst for life is infinite and her courage boundless.

Kali is the dance of Spirit through form with fiery love:
She is the ecstatic dance of bliss as all veils are removed.

Darvish loves his wild mother for her perfect devotion;
She never rests from rescuing her lost, desperate son.





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