c. 800 | India


A story told on the bed sheets.

Scarlet betel-nut juice 
spattered about, 
aloe paste 
dashed here and there 
in yellow streaks. 
Richer stains—
of sandalwood oil, 
red footprints 
from the rouge on her feet. 
Petals that 
clung to her hair 
have dropped in the 
scattered folds—
every position 
a woman took pleasure from 
is told on these bed sheets.

About This Text

Amaru, from the Amarusataka. The poem is composed of one hundred stanzas describing the various phases of a woman’s life and love.