Kamala Das

(31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009 / Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala)

Kamala Das Poems

1. An Introduction 3/28/2012
2. The Looking Glass 3/28/2012
3. In Love 3/28/2012
4. My Grandmother's House 3/28/2012
5. Summer in Calcutta 3/28/2012
6. The Old Playhouse 3/28/2012
7. Forest Fire 3/28/2012
8. Relationship 3/28/2012
9. A Losing Battle 3/28/2012
10. The Suicide 3/28/2012
11. The Sunshine Cat 3/28/2012
12. The Stone Age 3/28/2012
13. The Dance of the Eunuchs 3/28/2012
14. Words 3/28/2012
15. Love 3/28/2012
16. The Freaks 3/28/2012
17. The Rain 3/28/2012
18. Punishment in Kindergarten 3/28/2012
19. The Maggots 3/28/2012
20. Krishna 3/28/2012

The Dance of the Eunuchs

It was hot, so hot, before the eunuchs came
To dance, wide skirts going round and round, cymbals
Richly clashing, and anklets jingling, jingling
Jingling... Beneath the fiery gulmohur, with
Long braids flying, dark eyes flashing, they danced and
They dance, oh, they danced till they bled... There were green
Tattoos on their cheeks, jasmines in their hair, some
Were dark and some were almost fair. Their voices
Were harsh, their songs melancholy; they sang of

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