Kurunthokai Poem 149

(The heroine speaks to her friend who encouraged her to elope with her lover)

Our modesty had long suffered with us;
Displaying maximum forbearance.
Alas, now it has given way,
Even like the small sandy dike in the field
Where the white-flowered sugarcanes grow-,
That gets eroded by the force of flowing water!

– Poet Vellivitiyar
– Translated by A.Dakshinamurthy.

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