On High Waves

Swami Shankarananda Saraswati

Now there is no time for rest,
The evening is coming,
The sun is setting.
The pale moon signals the arrival of night.
It is the last phase of the day,
Now there is no time for rest,
The blood is still warm,
The bones are still strong.
Let me show my skill.
Let my sword cut out a few more dreams.
It is the last leg of the war,
Now there is no time for rest.
I bid farewell to my oar and surrender my boat to the tide.
I have struggled with the ocean.
I cannot take defeat from a stream!
It is the last wave of the sea.
Now there is no time for rest.
Someone calls from far;
and the call is full of love.
He always meets me at the last corner;
at the final end of the last breath.
It is the last flow of the breath,
Now the time has come to rest.