What Her Girlfriend Said to Her


Come, let's go climb on that jasmine-mantled rock
and look

                        if it is only the evening cowbells
                        of the grass-fed contented herds
                        returning with the bulls

                        or the bells of his chariot
                        driving back through the wet sand of the forest ways,
                        his heart full of the triumph of a job well done
                        with young archers driving by his side.


                                           Tamil; trans. A.K. Ramanujan


Okkur Macatti, Tamil, trans. A.K. Ramanujan, The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology, Oxford University Press, USA, 1994.