Her skin, saffron toasted in the sun,
eyes darting like a gazelle.
—That god who made her, how could he
have left her alone? Was he blind?
—This wonder is not the result of blindness:
she is a woman, and a sinuous vine.
The Buddha’s doctrine thus is proven:
nothing in this world was created.
(Dharmakirti, 7th Century)
by Octavio paz
translation Eliot Weinberger