I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Vikatanitamba (before 9th c.) was a Sanskrit woman poet, noted for her simple and elegant verse, frequently with erotic elements.

The name vikaTanitamba means one with hideous buttocks (vikaTa=horrible, nitamba=buttock) – and appears self-referentially in one of her verses. Such appellations were common for women poets in the classical era (e.g. jaghanachapala – quick thighs).

 

RECOLLECTION
Vikatanitamba

At the side of the bed
the knot came undone by itself,
and barely held by the sash
the robe slipped to my waist.
My friend, its all I know: I was in his arms
and I can’t remember who was who
or what we did or how