Treasure Island

Ananta Madhavan


Ode to River Kaveri


Though King Sozhan stakes the red scepter,
All canopied in moon-bright white
Clasping the Ganga River to himself,
Lament not, Kaveri, long may you live!
Though Ganga cleaves to him,
Lament not, lovely eyes,
I cherish you as woman's chastity.
Long live Kaveri.


Though King Sozhan stakes the straight red scepter,
All canopied in white,
Garlanded in splendour,
And clasps Kumari of the Cape,
Lament not, Kaveri, long may you live.
Though she cleaves to him,
Lament not, lovely eyes,
I cherish you as woman's chastity.
Long live Kaveri/


Glad sounds from ploughmen and the weir,
The roar of hurtling waters, the din of festive folk.
Grandly you stride in this resonance,
Kaveri, long may you live!
That festive din, that resonance of your stride,
All these but hail the glory of his name:
King Sozhan, whose portals need no watch!
Long live Kaveri.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Edited: Thursday, February 06, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This great epic poem in Tamil should be better known.


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(From the 'Shore Canto' in Ilango's
Tamil epic, 'Silappadikaram', 'The Ankle Bracelet')

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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (2/6/2014 12:27:00 AM)

    Long live river Kaveri, the mother of our paddy and plantation fields Nowadays our farmers have missed kuruvai as there is no water in kaveri....After decades of independence we, Indians still not aware what should be prioritized..Look at our families walking on the roads, if at all they walk in groups...Man! very sad.. (Report) Reply

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