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[Poetry Friday] Tagore’s Wandering Wailing Heart and a Beloved Passing by Like a Dream

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Myra here.

It is Friday! Time to feed our souls with beautiful words and quiet verse. Our gracious host this week is Elizabeth Steinglass. Do pass by her blog to fill your wandering, wailing hearts with a bit of rain amidst the glow of sunshine.


Last week, we shared that our current reading theme until the end of June is a Buffet of Asian Literature. And as promised, I have more of Rabindranath Tagore’s goodness as culled from his book A Tagore Reader edited by Amiya Chakravarty. I took photos of the pages and edited them using an iPhone app. I hope these words find their way to you today.

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The imagery evokes a cloudy sense of doom – a distinct sense of despair and hopelessness, as one’s heart is removed from one’s chest – wandering along with the wind.


Here, one can sense a quiet plea: Come in, dear Beloved. Come now. “Do not pass by like a dream.” Yet aren’t all lovers only as beautiful as they are transient, their mystery and romance wrapped around their being a fleeting echo, like a song from another life?

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

9 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Tagore’s Wandering Wailing Heart and a Beloved Passing by Like a Dream

  1. macrush53

    These passages are amazing. I particularly like the last one.


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  3. I love how, in these passages, Tagore has found such descriptive words to describe things that are ethereal.


  4. The passages and the images go so well together.


  5. I love the close connections between the outside and the inside.


  6. Such feeling oozes out from between these lines.


  7. I’ve always loved his lyricism. Just beautiful, Myra.


  8. Oh, that wandering wailing heart! And the hushed forest. Beautiful!


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