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72] 114 There is pleasure, There is delight, And there is no cause for regret As long as one does not fall in love With a man popular with women. For such a man is one big storehouse of trouble.  115 Since love is fickle I dance to my lover’s tune. A creeper twines itself Around the unbending tree.  116 She wept as long as she had tears to weep, She grew as thin as her body would allow, 46 And, poor thing, Sighed as long as she had breath to sigh.  117 I suppose you have never felt The pain of grief, That you ask me, laughingly, Why I am so thin.
498] 34 Have a care— The poor girl, wearing a freshly dyed dress, Is distributing festival cakes from door to door In the hope of catching a glimpse of you.  35 Trembling and bouncing with excitement, She holds a handful of colored powder 24 To throw at her lover, But it has turned into perfumed water.  36 Foolish girl, Why are you still washing The red powder from your soft palms That are by nature pink As a spray of coral?  37 Why are you trying to wash away that powder Which someone innocently threw at you On the Holê festival?
It is all the more painful to discover that he is not what at first sight he seemed to be. When no longer so keen to see her, he pleads fear of gossip as his excuse (96). He can be fickle and unreliable (110), and the more attractive he is, the more difficult she finds it to keep him for herself (113, 114). It is not long before the girl realizes she has chosen the wrong man. In one poem (98) she is compared to a pumpkin that has climbed over a trellis designed for less heavy plants. The boy may suffer similar setbacks.