Mothers

Purananuru 295

There, in the very middle
of battle-camps
that heaved like the seas,

pointing at the enemy
the tongues of lances,
new-forged and whetted,

urging soldiers forward
with himself at the head
in a skirmish of arrow and spear,

cleaving through
an oncoming wave of foes,
forcing a clearing,

he had fallen
in that space
between armies,
his body hacked to pieces:

when she saw him there
in all his greatness,
mother's milk flowed again
in the withered breasts
of this mother
for her warrior son
who had no thought of retreat.
Author of original: 
Auvaiyar
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