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Sarojini Naidu

(13 February 1879 - 2 March 1949 / Hyderabad / India)

In Salutation to the Eternal Peace


Men say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life's ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.

But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn.

What care I for the world's desire and pride,
Who know the silver wings that gleam and glide,
The homing pigeons of Thine eventide?

What care I for the world's loud weariness,
Who dream in twilight granaries Thou dost bless
With delicate sheaves of mellow silences?

Say, shall I heed dull presages of doom,
Or dread the rumoured loneliness and gloom,
The mute and mythic terror of the tomb?

For my glad heart is drunk and drenched with Thee,
O inmost wind of living ecstasy!
O intimate essence of eternity!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/23/2014 9:55:00 AM)

    Love to the life and the gift of life given to the human being and we have to enjoy it with humility and no complaints to the poet as others sometimes curses the life. a nice and very good poem. (Report) Reply

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