Vidyapati Thakur

(1352 - 1448 / Bishphi / Bihar, India)

Childhood And Youth - Poem by Vidyapati Thakur

Childhood and youth are mingled both.
Her eyes have taken the road to her ears:
Wily are her words,and her low laugh
As if the moon appeared on earth.
She takes a mirror to array herself.
And asks:'what is thegame of love ,my dear?'
How many times she secretly regards her bosom,
Smiling to see her breasts!
First like a jujube,then like an orange,-
Love day by day enfolds her limbs:
O Madhava,I saw a girl surpassing fair,
Childhood and youth were one in her!
Saith Vidyapati:Oh foolish maid,
The wise would say,The twain have met.

[Translated by Anand K.Coomarswamy]


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012



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