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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 1. March 17th. 1948

Tara: the Thirteen Year Temple Dancer

Tara: the Thirteen Year Temple Dancer

Dance to the throbbing of the drums
To the thousand eyes that stare;
Dance till the cool morning comes
And the crisp auroral air.

Sing to the tunc of the crying flute
To the castanet that rings
Dance before the hungry mute
To the old harp's broken strings.

Smile when the tears gather in your eyes
Grace into those movements bring
Suppress those welcome sighs
Wheel wildly around the ring.

Show that youthful bosom rise
Beating time with forceful ease
To the wild beat of the cries
In a wild desire to please.

Dance, dance the drums they quickly leap
The music dies before the hour
She falls into a helpless heap
Like some forgotten flower.

Omar Hjumas.