Today's Beautiful Gem: `Shut Up!' by the French poetess Marguerite
Burnat-Provins (1872-1952), translated by Cassia Berman.

"You told me: `I am not worthy of you.' And you hid your face from me.
But my kiss found it, and slipped lightly over your sweet golden temples
where magic lies asleep.
What do you know about yourself? Nothing.
You know nothing of the charm and freshness that play around your beauty.
You know nothing of your laughter, similar to that of fountains.
You've never seen that shining nimbus that circles your head during times
I wish were fatal, they give me so much happiness.
You've never seen your eyes where the whole sky catches fire and dies
in the pleasure of my caresses.
You don't hear the words which dissolve my soul and lead it toward paradise.
You don't know anything, so shut up."

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao