He bartered my heartby Akka Mahadevi
English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada
He bartered my heart
looted my flesh,
claimed as tribute
all of me.
I'm the woman of love
for my lord, white as jasmine.
|-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan|
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