Tkl 3 2 17

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 11 Oct 2011 11:19 and updated at 11 Oct 2011 11:19

TIRUKKURAL of Tiruvalluvar, the Tamil poet




3.2 The Post marital Love

3.2.17. Feigned Anger

From thy regard all Womankind Enjoys an equal grace;
O thou of wandering fickle mind, I shrink from thine embrace!
You are given to prostitution; all those who are born as Womankind enjoy you with their Eyes in an ordinary way. I will not embrace you.

One day we silent sulked; he sneezed: The reason well I knew;
He thought that I, to speak well pleased, Would say, Long life to you!
When I continued to be sulky he sneezed and thought I would (then) wish him a long life.

I wreathed with Flowers one day my brow, The angry tempest lowers;
She cries, Pray, for what Woman now Do you put on your Flowers?
Even if I were adorned with a garland of branch Flowers, she would say I did so to show it to another Woman.

I Love you more than all beside, T was thus I gently spoke;
What all, what all? she instant cried; And all her Anger woke.
When I said I Loved her more than any other Woman, she said "more than others, yes, more than others," and remained sulky.

While here I live, I leave you not, I said to calm her fears.
She cried, There, then, I read your thought And straight dissolved in Tears.
When I said I would never part from her in this life her Eyes were filled with Tears.

Each day I called to mind your charms, O, then, you had forgot,
She cried, and then her opened arms, Forthwith embraced me not.
When I said I had remembered her, she said I had forgotten her and relaxing her embrace, began to feign dislike.

She hailed me when I sneezed one day; But straight with Anger seized,
She cried; Who was the Woman, pray, Thinking of whom you sneezed?
When I sneezed she blessed me, but at once changed (her mind) and wept, asking, "At the thought of whom did you sneeze?"

And so next time I checked my sneeze; She forthwith wept and cried,
(That Woman difficult to please), Your thoughts from me you hide
When I suppressed my sneezing, she wept saying, "I suppose you (did so) to hide from me your own people s remembrance of you".

I then began to soothe and coax, To calm her jealous mind;
I see quoth she, to other folks How you are wondrous kind
Even when I try to remove her dislike, she is displeased and says, "This is the way you behave towards (other Women)."

I silent sat, but thought the more, And gazed on her. Then she
Cried out, While thus you eye me o er, Tell me whose form you see
Even when I look on her contemplating (her Beauty), she is displeased and says, "With whose thought have you (thus) looked on my person?"

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