by: Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)
- HE serpents
are asleep among the poppies,
The fireflies light the soundless panther's way
To tangled paths where shy gazelles are straying,
And parrot-plumes outshine the dying day.
O soft! the lotus-buds upon the stream
Are stirring like sweet maidens when they dream.
- A caste-mark on the azure brows of Heaven,
The golden moon burns sacred, solemn, bright
The winds are dancing in the forest-temple,
And swooning at the holy feet of Night.
Hush! in the silence mystic voices sing
And make the gods their incense-offering.
POEMS BY SAROJINI NAIDU
"Leili" is reprinted from
The Golden Threshold. Sarojini Naidu. New York: John Lane