Monkey on monkeyman's stick

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

     Monkey on monkeyman's stick
     puppet at the end of a string

I've played as you've played
I've spoken as you've told me
I've been as you let me be

     O engineer of the world
     lord white as jasmine

     I've run
     till you cried halt.

-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan

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