Poetry Corner: Benediction

Once again, Tagore finds a way into Poetry Corner. This time, it is a poem called Benediction from The Crescent Moon:

Benediction

Bless this little heart, this white soul that has

won the kiss of heaven for our earth.

He loves the light of the sun,
he loves the sight of his mother’s face.

He has not learned to despise the dust,
and to hanker after gold.

Clasp him to your heart and bless him.
He has come into this land of an hundred crossroads.

I know not how he chose you from the crowd,
came to your door, and grasped your hand
to ask his way.

He will follow you, laughing and talking,
and not a doubt in his heart.

Keep his trust, lead him straight and bless him.

Lay your hand on his head, and pray
that though the waves underneath grow threatening,
yet the breath from above may come and
fill his sails and
waft him to the heaven of peace.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

I just loved the simplicity and the purity of emotions in the poem; it touched me a lot.

What poetry are you reading, folks?

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PS: Happy Tamil New Year and Vishu!!

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