Rabindranath Tagore

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

Stray Birds 31 - 40 - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore


THE trees come up to my window
like the yearning voice of the dumb earth.


HIS own mornings are new surprises to God.


LIFE finds its wealth by the claims of the world,
and its worth by the claims of love.


THE dry river-bed finds no thanks for its past.


THE bird wishes it were a cloud.
The cloud wishes it were a bird.


THE waterfall sings,
'I find my song,
when I find my freedom.'


I CANNOT tell why this heart languishes in silence.
It is for small needs it never asks,
or knows or remembers.


when you move about in your household service
your limbs sing like a hill stream among its pebbles.


THE sun goes to cross the Western sea,
leaving its last salutation to the East.


DO not blame your food because you have no appetite.

Comments about Stray Birds 31 - 40 by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Fabrizio Frosini (10/15/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    ''the yearning voice of the dumb earth'' [ la voce struggente della muta terra ]
    truly beautiful..
    (Report) Reply

    6 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/15/2015 5:16:00 AM)

    my freedom is with the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2015 3:18:00 AM)

    Tagore.. mind blowing like the third eye (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (10/15/2015 1:18:00 AM)

    Nice job. But who was the translator? (Report) Reply

Read all 4 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

[Report Error]