Fireflies (For My New Indian Followers!) 1

Poems of Rabindranath Tagore 1

My fancies are fireflies—
specks of living light
twinkling in the dark;

the voice of wayside pansies
that do not attract the careless glance
murmurs in these desultory lines;

in the drowsy dark caves of the mind
dreams build their nest with fragments
dropped from day’s caravan;

spring scatters the petals of flowers
that are not for the fruits of the future
but for the moment’s whim—

joy freed from the bond of earth’s slumber
rushes into numberless leaves
and dances in the air for a day;

my words that are slight
may lightly dance upon time’s waves
when my works heavy with import have all gone down…

mind’s underground moths
grow filmy wings
and take a farewell flight
in the summer sky
the butterfly counts not months but moments
and has time enough…

my thoughts like sparks ride on winged surprises
carrying a single laughter;
the tree gazes in love at its own beautiful shadow
which yet it never can grasp;

let my love like sunlight surround you
and yet give you illumined freedom;

days are coloured bubbles
that float upon the surface of fathomless night—
my offerings are too timid to claim your remembrance
and therefore you may remember them

Rabindranath Tagore  (1928)

9 thoughts on “Fireflies (For My New Indian Followers!) 1

  1. Strange.. my next post (which I am writing right now) was inspired by you.. and before I could complete it, I get a mail.. and I see this.. Co-incidence or a Connection?

    Is this the complete poem.. I came across it once a few years back and I chose not to read it because it was too long! Have you improvised?


    1. Everything is connected… 🙂

      Fireflies – I’ve got a very old translation in a lovely old book (274 pages!) which I’m slightly varying (not much). Today’s post I called ‘Fireflies 1’ so tomorrow there’ll be ‘Firelifes 2’ and so on


  2. Fireflies, Neutrinos. Physics is now telling us that what looks like darkness to the human eye is actually filled with neutrinos, which are light!

    Such music in this poem.


      1. Aah and That is I and Nikita? We are best buddies… 🙂
        Oh you are so lucky to have us as your followers 😛 (Just Kidding).. We both are more than enough.. 😛
        Thanks again for taking so much pain for us!!!
        Enjoying the read! 😀


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