At sunset, on the river bank, Krishna
Loved her for the last time and left…
That night in her husband’s arms, Radha felt
So dead that he asked, What is wrong,
Do you mind my kisses, love? and she said,
No, not at all, but thought, What is
It to the corpse if the maggots nip?
– Kamala Das (*1934)
A poem by one of India’s important writers posted for Totally Optional Prompt‘s request for poetry inspired by mythology.