PRAYER TO SARASWATI
O! If you ask me, I can put aside
The business, I have presently in hand.
An’ if you be my teacher and my guide,
Then waiting for you ever, I can stand;
And tell my Muse to shed her ornament
So that its judging doesn’t ever hide
Your music. If we make this covenant,
Then, I can humble myself, shed my pride;
And I can in entirety, immerse
My entity in this, your vast design
To listen to your whispers to refine
My jarring music and my heavy verse.
Just promise me expressive, simple words,
Then, I can do my business, afterwards.