Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

(17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Happily married couple


Soft flowery tender fingers
resembling glory lily flowers,
mashed the curd -

of a little bit sour in taste -
between the palm with
the thumb and fingers;

The newly wed and settled girl
wiped her hand with outer end
of her silk sari she wears, dressed

with the same garment, unmindful
without changing, with fragrant smell,
eyes look like beautiful water lily flower,

the eyelids smeared with eye-paste,
- smoke with fine aroma due to frying
the spices and condiments with oil - fog,

irritate the eyes, nostrils and throat,
sweet and slightly sour syrupy - liquid curd,
squeezed and prepared all by herself,

husband eats saying the syrupy spicy curd mix
is delicious, already bright and sheen forehead and face
of that girl glittered gently with happiness.

Submitted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Edited: Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Hi,
This poem 'Happily married couple' is a translation of a poem 167 from Tamil literature KuRunthokai.

முளிதயிர் பிசைந்த காந்தண் மெல்விரல்
கழுவுறு கலிங்கங் கழாஅ துடீஇக்
குவளை யுண்கண் குய்ப்புகை கழுமத்
தான் றுழந் தட்ட தீம்புளிப் பாகர்
இனிதெனக் கணவ னுண்டலின்
நுண்ணிதின் மகிழ்ந்தன் றொண்ணுதன் முகனே.

(குறுந்தொகை- 167)

Note: தீம்புளிப் பாகர் - Sweet and sour syrupy - liquid curd

V.K.Kanniappan

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