In my eyes, this is perhaps one of the best poems ever written. People always describe this as a sad poem, a poem about pain, but if you ask me, this poem is about the fire of a soul that is striving. It starts as a complaint to Mata. He speaks to Her in the familiar - and lists his demands on Her.
At the end is that defiant question to her. Almost like asking her: "do you have a problem with this?"
I hope you enjoy it. Puttandu Vazhtukal! NallatOr veeNai
Nallathor veeNai seythey… athai nalankeTap puzhuthiyil eRivatundO?
Solladi Sivasakti! Enai cudarmikum aRivudan padattuviTaay
Vallamai thaaraayO – inta maanilam payNuRa vaazhvataRkE?
Solladi Sivasakti! Nila chumaiyena vaazhntiTap purikuvaiyO?
VisaiyuRu panthinaippOl uLLam vEndiya padiselum udal kETTEn
NasaiyaRu manankETTEn – nittam navamena chudartarum uyirkETTEn
Dasaiyinait thee chudirRum – Siva Saktiyaip paadumnala akankETTEn
Asaivaru matikETTEn; Ivai aruLvatul unakketun tadaiyuLLO?
Padaittal – to create (eg a work of art)
Purikuthal – to exercise as grace or mercy
Visai: spring, impetus, impulse, force
Nasai: desire, greed, lust
You made a good veeNa – would you throw it to rot in the dust?
Tell me, Sivasakti! You went and fashioned me with spark-like intelligence.
Will you give the strength – to live a life beneficial to this world?
Tell me, Sivasakti! Will you condone a life [which is] as a burden to the earth?
Like a wind-up toy that will do as I will it to: for such a body I asked
For a desire-less mind I asked – Like a lamp lit afresh daily: for such a life-force I asked.
Even as my flesh burns, it will sing to SivaSakti: for such a self I asked.
An unshaking wisdom I asked for; to grant me all these –have you any objection? Edited by sangeetaa - 15 years ago