Akka Mahadevi

(1130 - 1160 / Uduthadi / India)

Don'T Despise Me - Poem by Akka Mahadevi

Don't despise me as
She who has no one
I'm not one to be afraid,
Whatever you do.
I exist chewing dry leaves.
My life resting on a knife edge
If you must torment me,
Chennamallikarjuna,
My life, my body
I'll offer you and be cleansed.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

From Women Writing in India edited by S. Tharu and K. Lalita
Translated by : Susan Daniel

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  • Izzy Taylor (12/14/2018 10:18:00 AM)

    It’s a beautiful poem (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 4, 2012



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