Riding the blue sapphire mountains


Riding the blue sapphire mountains
wearing moonstone for slippers
blowing long horns
O Siva
when shall I
crush you to my pitcher breasts?

O lord white as jasmine
when do I join you
stripped of body's shame
and heart's modesty?


Kannada; trans. A.K Ramanujan


Akka Mahadevi, Kannada, trans. A.K. Ramanujan, Speaking of Siva, Penguin Classics, 1973.