Friday, February 22, 2013

What is Poetry

Poetry is an attempt to capture an intimate feeling in words. It is a cup that holds an overflowing emotion. Poetry draws us out of the drudgery of everyday living and urges us to see differently, think differently and feel differently. It lets us sink into a different world and let the feeling envelop our entire being.

Today is a work day. An end February friday. I am in no mood to work. I am tempted to indulge and and Tagore's poem aptly captures my feeling today. Come with me, lets savor these gems! 

A Moments Indulgence - Rabindranath Tagore
I ask for a moment's indulgence to sit by thy side. The works
that I have in hand I will finish afterwards.

Away from the sight of thy face my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil.

Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and
the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.

Now it is time to sit quite, face to face with thee, and to sing
dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure.

Matsuo Basho's Haiku
Oh, these spring days!
A nameless little mountain,
wrapped in morning haze!

a peasant’s child
husking rice, pauses
to look at the moon

Rumi's Poem
There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
You feel the separation from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up, embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
Love comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.

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