poet Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

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Paper Boats

Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running
stream.
In bid black letters I write my name on them and the name of
the village where I live.
I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and
know who I am.
I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden, and
hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land
in the night.
I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky and see the
little clouds setting thee white bulging sails.
I know not what playmate of mine in the sky sends them down
the air to race with my boats!
When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my
paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.
The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading ins
their baskets full of dreams.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (9/10/2020 9:00:00 AM)

    The symbolic paper boat with philosophical undertone, signifies the life's journey each day we after sunset leave our boat with a hope that at sunrise it will bring lot of name fame and glory and this hope remains alive till we breathe our last breath. Outstanding poem..

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  • anaya (6/24/2020 6:45:00 AM)

    what is the refrence to conext?

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (2/29/2020 11:27:00 PM)

    The poet's imaginative journey through his paper boat 'will be carried safely to land.... in the night.'
    Exquisitely awesome poetry.

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  • saketh (9/7/2019 1:35:00 AM)

    please we want
    the poem summary

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/22/2019 5:48:00 AM)

    When night comes I bury my face in my arms and dream that my
    paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars....../// beautiful and impressive poem; like always this greatest World Poet///

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  • Alin Mohammed (9/29/2018 11:46:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Bhakti (8/21/2018 9:16:00 AM)

    I want this explanation English in hindi

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  • Mariya mercy am working as a teacher (7/12/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    In this poem in IV standard English book they have gave a one girl picture but u r mentioned boy

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