Quotation by Amaru

I am that same willing girl
and these two anklets
are the same two
that went to men for sex.
I am the one who's poor now
among us womenfolk,
our natural-born modesty
being our wealth.
So, when I straddled him,
ashamed when my memory came back,
I panicked
and recognized my own slender body.
First I gave up my masculine ways.
Then I gave up on him.
Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.), Kashmirian king, compiler, author of some of the poems in the anthology which bears his name. translated from the Amaruataka by Martha Ann Selby, vs. 89, Motilal Banarsidass (1983).
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