G. S. Shivarudrappa

[Rashtrakavi] (7 February 1926 - / Shikaripura, Shivamogga district, Karnataka / India)

A Sage Of Essences

From the innards of my heart, did I sing that day.
With such intent attention, had you heard what I did say.

If I am to sing again now, grant me an audience,
lend me an ear, that prize, I covet the most.
Won’t a song bird still sing, whether or not an award it might bring?

Now, that I want to be heard, is not why I sing
Inevitably mine is my fate, endlessly to sing.

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