Professor A. Dakshinamurthy

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Kurunthokai Poem 149

குறுந்தொகை – பாடல் 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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