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    At dawn shey departed
    My mind tried to console me -
    " Everything is Maya".
    Angrily I replied:
    "Here's this sewing box on the table,
    that flower-pot on the terrace,
    this monogrammed hand-fan on the bed---
    all these are real."

    My mind said: "Yet, think again."
    I rejoined: " You better stop.
    Look at this storybook,
    the hairpin halfway amongst its leaves,
    signaling the rest is unread;
    if all these things are "Maya",
    then why should "shey" be more unreal?"

    My mind becomes silent.
    A friend arrived and says:
    "That which is good is real
    it is never non-existent;
    entire world preserves and cherishes it its chest
    like a precious jewel in a necklace."

    I replied in anger: "How do you know?
    Is a body not good? Where did that body go?"

    Like a small boy in a rage hitting his mother,
    I began to strike at everything in this world
    that gave me shelter.
    And I screamed:" The world is treacherous."

    Suddenly, I was startled.
    It seemed like someone admonished me :" You- ungrateful ! "

    I looked at the crescent moon
    hidden behind the tamarisk tree outside my window.
    As if the dear departed one is smiling
    and playing hide-and-seek with me.

    From the depth of darkness punctuated by scattered stars
    came a rebuke: "when I let you grasp me you call it an deception,
    and yet when I remain concealed,
    why do you hold on to your faith in me with such conviction?"

    ~~ Rabindranath Tagore ~~

    "Shey" in Bengali means either he or she.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~
    The rain it raineth every day
    On the just and unjust fella.
    But mostly on the just fella,
    because the unjust stole the just's umbrella :P

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    Default Re: Ungrateful Sorrow - Rabindranath Tagore

    Quote Originally Posted by Tagore
    ...yet when I remain concealed,
    why do you hold on to your faith in me with such conviction?
    I do not know why ...but only when we lose what we had do we yearn for it more
    I put it down to some evolutionary mistake in our judgement software

    loss is so painful to accept .....and there is no other way but to accept and move on

    I'm liking this poet more and more ...thank you reks
    Cum recte vivis, ne cures verba malorum

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