O great deep ocean

by Andal

English version by Vidya Dehejia
Original Language Tamil

O great deep ocean,
the lord entered into you,
mixed and churned you,
deprived you of your nectar.
That lord of illusion
entered into me too,
churned me,
deprived me of my essence.
Go to the serpent who is the lord's couch,
tell him of my endless sorrow
that he may plead for me.

-- from Antal and Her Path of Love: Poems of a Woman Saint from South India, Translated by Vidya Dehejia

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O great deep ocean