This is my poetics night – yes but I have to tell you that your bartender today is turning thirty-four today and breathing a sigh that getting older isn’t fun or special in any way. I don’t get many gifts these days or even if I do it is not something to look forward to feel cheered about. So I was kind of hoping that talking to the wonderful poets around the world could be a gift in itself, to be able to hear and resonate with the finest of expressions, is probably the true gift, I can enjoy being a writer myself.
I wanted to share a very special poem by Tagore with all of you, this was a part of his publication ‘Song Offering’ (or ‘Geetanjali’ in Bengali) about a hundred years ago. I have read it in both original and translation and love it. Since my childhood, this poem has helped me find an answer to the rhetorical question – what is the true gift. Perhaps what we get in return is what we have the heart to offer. I hope you like this.
“I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path, when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this King of all kings!
My hopes rose high and me thought my evil days were at an end, and I stood waiting for alms to be given unasked and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.
The chariot stopped where I stood. Thy glance fell on me and thou camest down with a smile. I felt that the luck of my life had come at last. Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand and say `What hast thou to give to me?’
Ah, what a kingly jest was it to open thy palm to a beggar to beg! I was confused and stood undecided, and then from my wallet I slowly took out the least little grain of corn and gave it to thee.
But how great my surprise when at the day’s end I emptied my bag on the floor to find a least little grain of gold among the poor heap. I bitterly wept and wished that I had had the heart to give thee my all.
Tonight, I look forward to poetic presents from you – a gift that you would like to give with your poetry. Oh! It’s not my gift; it could be anything that you would like to give to the world.
Looking forward to what you bring on board. Thanks everyone.
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Thank you all. Have fun.