Quotation by Amaru

When her husband clutches at her dress,
she lowers her face,
her modesty aroused.
When he wants a wild embrace,
she shyly secrets away
her limbs.
She can't say a word
and bestows her gaze
on her beaming friends.
A new wife suffers
with shame
the first time she makes love.
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. 41, Motilal Banarsidass (1983).
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