He bartered my heart

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

He bartered my heart
     looted my flesh,
     claimed as tribute
     my pleasure,
     took over
     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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He bartered my heart