Don’t despise me

Don’t despise me

Don’t despise me as
    She who has no one
I’m not one to be afraid,
    Whatever you do.
I exist chewing dry leaves.
    My life resting on a knife edge
If you must torment me,
   Chennamallikarjuna,
My life, my body
   I’ll offer you and be cleansed.

NEXT Poem

- Mahadeviyakka    
- Translated by : Susan Daniel 
- From Women Writing in India edited by S. Tharu and K. Lalita

 

Links

Female Poets

Hindu Poets

Mahadevi Poems