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Quotation by Hla Stavhana
black with mascara
looks like a measuring-string
on her heart,
about to be cleft in half
by the saw
of unbearable separation.
Hla Stavhana (c. 50 A.D.), South Indian king, Prkrit poet. translated from The Gthsaptaat of Stavhana Hla by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 153, Nirnaya Sgara Press (1889).
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