Rabindranath Tagore

(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941 / Calcutta (Kolkata), Bengal Presidency / British India)

Authorship - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

You say that father write a lot of books, but what he write I don't
understand.
He was reading to you all the evening, but could you really
make out what he meant?
What nice stores, mother, you can tell us! Why can't father
write like that, I wonder?
Did he never hear from his own mother stories of giants and
fairies and princesses?
Has he forgotten them all?
Often when he gets late for his bath you have to and call him
an hundred times.
You wait and keep his dishes warm for him, but he goes on
writing and forgets.
Father always plays at making books.
If ever I go to play in father's room, you come and call me,
"What a naughty child!"
If I make the slightest noise you say, "Don't you see that
father's at his work?"
What's the fun of always writing and writing?
When I take up father's pen or pencil and write upon his book
just as he does,-a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,-why do you get cross with me
then, mother?
You never say a word when father writes.
When my father wastes such heaps of paper, mother, you don't
seem to mind at all.
But if I take only one sheet to take a boat with, you say,
"Child, how troublesome you are!"
What do you think of father's spoiling sheets and sheets of
paper with black marks all over both sides?


Comments about Authorship by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Gold Star - 21,770 Points * Sunprincess * (8/27/2015 3:40:00 PM)

    ....a lovely write, children are so adorable...and I feel it's true,
    when a child asks lots of questions, they will be most intelligent

    ...love this poem ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 649 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (10/26/2014 2:49:00 AM)

    Very much amusing! It is satirical. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,982 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 3:14:00 AM)

    a sense of curiosity of something. Curiosity is the start of Wisdom and Knowledge. Excellent (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,238 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/23/2014 9:50:00 AM)

    The relationship with child and father is a beautiful thing to imagine. when it relates that the father being one of the world's great poets and writings aplenty and takes lot of times in creativity of poems the child's attention makes him pleasure. Very nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,252 Points Ramesh Rai (2/10/2014 3:03:00 PM)

    A great importance needs to be given to the creativity of children. in my poem PAPER BOAT i have written, 'let us take numbers of paper write the message of love peace and fraternity and make them boat that will sail around the world. a beautiful thought of a child is assailed by the Poet. Regards. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,090 Points Lee Mack (9/16/2013 8:52:00 AM)

    the greatest works done - sleep now (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ashish Dimri (3/13/2009 2:20:00 AM)

    Gurudev rightly depicts state of writers.
    We often rue that poets and writers often show shallowness and are literary wastrels!
    But, We all know, many so called 'creative minds' lack child like innocence! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Malini Kadir (12/14/2008 8:42:00 AM)

    a child's thoughts depicted.....and expressed...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Melanie Ann Calvert (3/31/2007 3:27:00 PM)

    So sad, but very deep. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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