Even one's own tradition
is not one's birthright;
it has to be earned, repossessed.
The old bards earned it
by apprenticing themselves to the masters.
One chooses and translates a part of one's past
to make it present to oneself and maybe to others.
One comes face to face with it
sometimes in faraway places, as I did.
~ Ramanujan 1985
Dance with me in . . .
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