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02 February 2023

Posted by Susmita Bhattacharya

Inspiration from Tagore's Poems

Portrait of Rabindranath Tagore. Photo: Cherishsantosh/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Over January- February we looked at poems by Rabindranath Tagore. We read poems such as I Cannot Remember my Mother and Rukiya Khatun's response to it My Mother Country. This in in preparation for the free Tagore event ArtfulScribe and Art Asia will be presenting on 12th March 11-12 in the morning as part of the ArtfulScribe Literary Festival running over the weekend. You can book tickets for other events like Masterclasses, workshops, talks, community showcase and more.

Here's a poem by Bryony Ash which is inspired by Tagore's poem: The Gardener 85 

We all remember the lasting legacy of those

Who have changed the world for better or worse

As their history remains intact and eternally endures

Preserved on paper, parchment and stone

However most of us do not achieve

Greatness in life or after death

Although our actions towards others

Are remembered in joy or sorrow as befits

Some mindful memories may be shorter

But richer as the tenderness spreads out

From nourishing roots to the branches of our lives

And nurtures through gestures, words and endeavours

I have not etched any great deeds on the canvas of fate

And I have no claim to fame so my legacy will be

Simply the love that I have freely given

Living In the memories of those for whom I cared


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