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Featured Poem: Gitanjali 81 by Rabindranath Tagore

Written by Isobel Lobo, 24th October 2022

This week's Featured Poem is Gitanjali 81 by Rabindranath Tagore and read by Geetha.

For October all our Featured Poems will be selected from the poetry collection Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore. The poems within this collection explore the theme and philosophy of devotion and the light and darkness which often accompanies such ideas.

This poetry collection features on this year's Reader Bookshelf. For more information, a link can be found here.

Gitanjali 81
On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time. But it is never lost, my lord. Thou hast taken every moment of my life in thine own hands.

Hidden in the heart of things thou art nourishing seeds into sprouts, buds into blossoms, and ripening flowers into fruitfulness.

I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed and imagined all work had ceased. In the morning I woke up and found my garden full with wonders of flowers.

by Rabindranath Tagore

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