Rabindranath Tagore

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

Clouds And Waves

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Mother, the folk who live up in the clouds call out to me-
"We play from the time we wake till the day ends.
We play with the golden dawn, we play with the silver moon."
I ask, "But how am I to get up to you ?"
They answer, "Come to the edge of the earth, lift up your
hands to the sky, and you will be taken up into the clouds."
"My mother is waiting for me at home, "I say, "How can I leave
her and come?"
Then they smile and float away.
But I know a nicer game than that, mother.
I shall be the cloud and you the moon.
I shall cover you with both my hands, and our house-top will
be the blue sky.
The folk who live in the waves call out to me-
"We sing from morning till night; on and on we travel and know
not where we pass."
I ask, "But how am I to join you?"
They tell me, "Come to the edge of the shore and stand with
your eyes tight shut, and you will be carried out upon the waves."
I say, "My mother always wants me at home in the everything-
how can I leave her and go?"
They smile, dance and pass by.
But I know a better game than that.
I will be the waves and you will be a strange shore.
I shall roll on and on and on, and break upon your lap with
laughter.
And no one in the world will know where we both are.


Comments about Clouds And Waves by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/22/2020 12:32:00 AM)

    I shall be the cloud and you the moon.
    I shall cover you with both my hands, and our house-top will
    be the blue sky....../// wow greatly written the master poet

    poetic enlightened hand cover you where you are full with the moon!(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Mahi Priyanka RajMahi Priyanka Raj (5/9/2019 4:10:00 AM)

    one of the finest philospher and poet #gurudevTagore(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Mahi Priyanka RajMahi Priyanka Raj (5/9/2019 4:09:00 AM)

    Grab a free copy of my debut Poetry book on special occasions of #Tagore birth anniversary and rejoice the beauty of my Poetry in every inch of your life. SOCIAL BLUES BEYOND SOLEMN BALLADRY #rabindranathtagorejayanti

    Link is here

    Amazon India https: //lnkd.in/f7H5vC5

    Amazon US https: //lnkd.in/eTkGY8b(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Alouwou Mandjah (4/25/2019 2:50:00 PM)

    I will be the waves and you will be a strange shore.
    I shall roll on and on and on, and break upon your lap with
    laughter.
    And no one in the world will know where we both are.
    Rabindranath Tagore(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Hanshika (4/16/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    Nice poem(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Earnest GatumaEarnest Gatuma (3/27/2019 5:06:00 AM)

    Brilliantly script, Arguably one of the most creative poems of his time.(Report)Reply

    5 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Zydofin Oftonton (1/25/2019 12:28:00 PM)

    A nobel prize winner poet with his masterpiece poems.(Report)Reply

    5 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • shobhit singh (1/17/2019 8:31:00 AM)

    this poem is best poem and ravindranath ji is best poet(Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Wayne Smith Sr (1/3/2019 12:48:00 PM)

    Eye opening out of the box contemplation.(Report)Reply

    4 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/4/2018 1:51:00 AM)

    Love for mother and nature....both are synonymous
    ..(Report)Reply

    5 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Naila RaisNaila Rais (10/17/2018 12:03:00 AM)

    Greatest ever poet.......
    1000000000000
    Naila(Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/1/2018 8:49:00 AM)

    Tagore's imaginary beings in the clouds and waves are children who naturally like to play all the time. The poet himself is portrayed as a child who is always under the surveillance of his mother. The child does not want to part his mother however provocative is the situation. The attachment is so powerful!(Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Aim to become an English teacher (8/28/2018 10:11:00 AM)

    Nice poem(Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Girvar gurjjar (8/24/2018 1:17:00 PM)

    Rabindranath Tagore ki poe(Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Dev Pandey (7/30/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Very nice poem(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • eekshitha (7/17/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    it is really a beautiful imaginative poem and you really presented it in a beautiful way.(Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (6/29/2018 8:09:00 AM)

    this is a charming poem by tagore whose command of english is perfect and amazing for someone whose first language, i'm guessing, was bengali. a great human being, the originality of this poem for expressing the common bond between mother and child is terrific. the childlikeness of it, is a mark of his spirtuality and wisdom. -gk(Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (6/29/2018 6:37:00 AM)

    Nicely brought up... I like it(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (6/29/2018 6:11:00 AM)

    A great imaginative poem from a poet of note.(Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/29/2018 2:52:00 AM)

    That child has big time imagination - - all writers need to revisit their own imagination to get such colorful and vivid verse~(Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 71 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: mother, travel, moon, smile, laughter, home, dance, silver, sky, house, world, night



Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



[Report Error]