I am dying to read (and hear) this in the original!

Only the thief was there, no one else.
And if he should lie, what can I do?

There was only
a thin-legged heron standing
on legs as yellow as millet stems
and looking
for lampreys
in the running water

when he took me.

From Poems of Love and War: From The Eight Anthologies and The Ten Long Poems of Classical Tamil edited and translated by A.K Ramanujan

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