A poem about staying close to goodness, from the 12th century Tamil woman, poet, and saint Avvaiyar.
To behold a good person is good. To hear
His words full of goodness is good.
Of a good person’s character is good. Good
To find a place in his company.
Moothurai 8, “Nallarai kanbathum nandre.”
Translated from the Tamil by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
GIVE, EAT, AND LIFE: POEMS OF AVVAIYAR
Red Hen Press, Los Angeles