Quotation by Amaru

she looked up the path
her lover would take
as far as her eyes could see.
On the roads,
traffic ceased
at the end of day
as night slid over the sky.
The traveller's pained wife
took a single step towards home,
said, "Could he not have come at this instant?"
and quickly craning her neck around,
looked up the path again.
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. 76, Motilal Banarsidass (1983).
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