Literature

One Day In Spring and Waiting by Rabindranath Tagore

(One Day In Spring…)

One day in spring, a woman came
In my lonely woods,
In the lovely form of the Beloved.
Came, to give to my songs, melodies,
To give to my dreams, sweetness.

Suddenly a wild wave
Broke over my heart’s shores
And drowned all language.
To my lips no name came,
She stood beneath the tree, turned,
Glanced at my face, made sad with pain,
And with quick steps, came and sat by me.
Taking my hands in hers, she said:
‘You do not know me, nor I you—
I wonder how this could be?’
I said:
‘We two shall build, a bridge for ever
Between two beings, each to the other unknown,
This eager wonder is at the heart of things.’

The cry that is in my heart is also the cry of her heart;
The thread with which she binds me binds her too.
Her have I sought everywhere,
Her have I worshipped within me,
Hidden in that worship she has sought me too.
Crossing the wide oceans, she came to steal my heart.
She forgot to return, having lost her own.
Her own charms play traitor to her,
She spreads her net, knowing not
Whether she will catch or be caught.

(Waiting)

The song I came to sing
remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing
and in unstringing my instrument.

The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart…..

I have not seen his face,
nor have I listened to his voice;
only I have heard his gentle footsteps
from the road before my house…..

But the lamp has not been lit
and I cannot ask him into my house;
I live in the hope of meeting with him;
but this meeting is not yet.

 

by Rabindranath Tagore, taken from Gitanjali, Image.

Translation done by Tagore himself. Found a good collection of Tagore’s poems on All Poetry.

4 Comments

  1. This is sooooo beautiful! I read and re-read. Each line has a beauty of its own and carries such a heart-touching message.

    Thank you, Omo. Tagore was indeed a great poet. :)

    1. Omo

      You’re welcome, BB. Tagore will pop-up here a lot now and then for sure- :))

  2. I have a copy of his ‘Gitanjali’ – One of my prized possessions! :))

    1. Omo

      That’s cool! I remember how I turned to bookworm from ComicFan when I got a story book as a compliment for ranking 3rd on my 4th grade- :D

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