TRIJATA'S DREAM: FROM THE SUNDARAKANDA OF THE RAMAIANA
Translated by Ron Padgett
Because Sita said this
some of the Rakshasees jumped
out of their bodies stamping and stormed away
to tell that horrible Ravana. But then they came back
and twisted their faces
and sputtered "You bitch:, Do us in?
We^re going to eat you up I Yum I"
Trijata was a wise woman with white hair
and eyes that saw this. She said,
"Hands off I She is the daughter of Janaka and the daughter-in-law of King Dasarathal Better eat me instead 1 Because last night asleep I had a dream and the hair on my body stood up and screamed
Sita's husband destroyed you alll" Total shreiksl Pissed offi "What happened in your hideous old dream?"
It was early morning again in Trijata^ memory as she began . . .
"1 saw a starry chariot
pulled by a hundred swans across the blue
and in it
flying flowers Rama all in white
and Lakshamana with him And I saw the waves curling
and rolling against a bright white hill
with Sita on top all in white