Epigraph for a medieval woman

Wild with adoration of her lord she cast off her veils.

Cloth, shame, pain, earth, all forms forsaken

but this body, this space,

this knowledge of a self diffracted,

wild with that adoration she cast off

and kept nothing back to give — flowers to stone, Mallikarjuna–,

wild with adoration she cast off her veils, and you hid behind their fall.

_____________

Reference:

“and seeing, I quell today

the famine in my eyes”

 Mahadeviyakka, 12th Century. Trans.  A.K. Ramanujan from medieval Kannada to modern English in his _Speaking of Siva_  (1973). #68, p 120.


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