When I didn't know myself

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

When I didn't know myself
where were you?

Like the colour in the gold,
you were in me.

I saw in you,
lord white as jasmine,
the paradox of your being
in me
without showing a limb.

-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan

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When I didn't know