The followings are poem from nuns found in Therigatha. Theri means Elder nun and gatha means verses. These are spontaneous verses of Nuns and I include some of my favorite here. Here’s the sources of these wonderful verses.
So freed! So thoroughly freed am I! — from three crooked things set free: from mortar, pestle, & crooked old husband. Having uprooted the craving that leads to becoming, I’m set free from aging & death.
Four times, five, I ran amok from my dwelling, having gained no peace of awareness, my thoughts out of control. So I went to a trustworthy nun. She taught me the Dhamma: aggregates, sense spheres, & elements. Hearing the Dhamma, I did as she said. For seven days I sat in one spot, absorbed in rapture & bliss. On the eighth, I stretched out my legs, having burst the mass of darkness.
Vimala: The Former Courtesan
Intoxicated with my complexion figure, beauty, & fame; haughty with youth, I despised other women.Adorning this body embellished to delude foolish men, I stood at the door to the brothel: a hunter with snare laid out.I showed off my ornaments, and revealed many a private part. I worked my manifold magic, laughing out loud at the crowd.Today, wrapped in a double cloak, my head shaven, having wandered for alms, I sit at the foot of a tree and attain the state of no-thought.All ties — human & divine — have been cut. Having cast off all effluents, cooled am I, unbound.
[The Buddha admonished me:]
Gutta, devote yourself to the goal for which you went forth, having discarded [hope] for a dear son of your own. Don’t fall under the sway of the mind. Hoodwinked by mind, beings in love with Mara’s realm, roam through the many-birth wandering-on, unknowing.Abandoning these lower fetters, nun —sensual desire,ill will,self-identity views,grasping at precepts & practices, and uncertainty as the fifth — you won’t come to this again.Forsaking passion, conceit, ignorance, & restlessness —cutting through [all] the fetters — you will make an end of suffering & stress.Discarding birth & wandering-on, comprehending further becoming, free from hunger in the right-here-&-now you will go about totally calmed.