What can you do? Sivavakkiyam 6


Transient nature of life becomes the theme of Sivavakkiyar’s poem here. Sivavakkiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Shidda poets along side Thirumoolar and Pattinathar. His poems questions Hindu religious structure, Brahmanical supremacy, idol worship, authority of Vedas and Agamas, caste systems. He has written around 520 poems. Below poem questions the madness of love and love for oneself/body.

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வடிவுகண்டு கொண்டபெண்ணை மற்றொருவன் நத்தினால்

விடுவனோ அவனை முன்னர் வெட்டவேணும் என்பனே

நடுவன்வந்து அழைத்தபோது நாறுமிந்த நல்லுடல்

சுடலைமட்டும் கொண்டுபோய்த் தோட்டி கைக் கொடுப்பரே.

You accept a girl seeing her beauty and when someone else desires her,

will you leave him? you will threaten to kill him in front off others!

(What can you do)

At the time when the Judge (yama) calls you,  your good body (you loved) which is stinking

is taken to the graveyard and handed over to the undertaker.

 

Poet:Sivavakkiyar

Translated by Palaniappan Vairam Sarathy

வடிவுகண்டு கொண்டபெண்ணை மற்றொருவன் நத்தினால்

Body/beauty see – take/consume – girl – someone else – desire

விடுவனோ அவனை முன்னர் வெட்டவேணும் என்பனே

Will he leave – that person – in front off – cut off to have- he say

நடுவன்வந்து அழைத்தபோது நாறுமிந்த நல்லுடல்

Judge/yama – come – call – that time – stink this – good body

சுடலைமட்டும் கொண்டுபோய்த் தோட்டி கைக் கொடுப்பரே.         

 Graveyard – alone – take along – guard/ undertaker – hand – deposit


Reference: Tamil Lexicon

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