Wednesday, 16 January 2019

What He Said - Cempulappeyanirar

What could my mother be
to yours?
What kin my father
to yours anyway? And how
did you and I meet ever?
But in love
Our hearts have mingled
like red earth and pouring rain.

Cempulappeyanirar (1st century)
Translated by A.K. Ramanujan

Cempulappeyanirar is a pen name (it means "the poet of red earth and pouring rain"). His (her?) true name is unknown.

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