Treasure Island

Dr.V.K. Kanniappan

(17.10.1944 / Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Looking Others For Alms For Living


Instead of being a self-disciplined person,

If a person, with a mean mentality
and low calibre in his earlier birth,
-with his power, muscle, money and men -
had embraced the shoulders of some others' wives
with ornamental marks painted large rounded breasts,

he is born in this birth neither man nor woman wholly,
losing the power and might, unable to unite with woman
looking others for alms for living and ridiculed by everybody!

(naalatiyaar poem No: 85)
This original tamil poem
was written during 7 th century:
I tried to translate this in such a way
that there should not be vulgarity in anyway!

Submitted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Edited: Friday, May 31, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

செம்மையொன் றின்றிச் சிறியா ரினத்தராய்க்
கொம்மை வரிமுலையாள் தோள்மரீஇ - உம்மை
வலியாற் பிறர்மனைமேற் சென்றாரே, இம்மை
அலியாகி ஆடிஉண் பார். - நாலடியார் 85 - பிறர்மனை நயவாமை

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