Sunlight made visible

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

Sunlight made visible
the whole length of sky,
movement of wind,
leaf, flower, all six colours
on tree, bush and creeper:
                    all this
is the day's worship.

The light of moon, star and fire,
lightnings and all things
that go by the name of light
are the night's worship.

               Night and day
               in your worship
               I forget myself

O lord white as jasmine.

-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan

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