Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursdays With Tagore - December 2


This Thursday, I dare you to not smile while reading this poem:

When I bring to you coloured toys, my child, I understand why there is such a play of colours on clouds, on water, and why flowers are painted in tints - when I give coloured toys to you, my child.

When I sing to make you dance I truly know why there is music in leaves, and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth - when I sing to make you dance.

When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands I know why there is honey in the cup of the flower and why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice - when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.

When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling, I surely understand what the pleasure is that streams from the sky in the morning light, and what delight that is which the summer breeze brings to my body - when I kiss you to make you smile.

This is a wonderful, heart-warming poem where Tagore understands the ways of nature through his affection for the child. The comparisons are simply, yet delightfully done. This is a beautiful poem that made my evening! How about you?

9 comments:

Vaishnavi said...

Oh I love this! You are right, it does makes you smile. What a way to compare the actions and the spirit of a child!

Alyce said...

This is lovely!

priyaiyer said...

I read this sometime back and loved it too. :)

mel u said...

Beautiful poem-I wanted to share you all the web page at the University of Adelaide where one can read a good bit of Tagore in translation as well as William Butler Yeats introduction to a collection of Tagore's work

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/t/tagore/rabindranath/gitanjali/

Kals said...

Vaishnavi, Alyce and Priya - I felt the same about the poem too. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did :)

Mel U - That is a great link, Mel! I'm off to read the introduction. I'll share it in the next Thursdays with Tagore post if that's fine with you :)

mel u said...

Of course I hope you like it and will look forward to your post

ds said...

Well, it is Sunday night here, and I am smiling. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem!

Kals said...

ds - Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this :)

mel u said...

Three Stories by Tagore

I hope Tagore Thursday will be revived.

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