I'm the one who has the body

by Devara Dasimayya

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

I'm the one who has the body,
you're the one who holds the breath.

You know the secret of my body,
I know the secret of your breath.

That's why your body
is in mine.

You know
and I know, Ramanatha,

the miracle

of your breath
in my body.

-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan

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