Friday, September 7, 2018

Carpe Diem's Weekend Meditiation #49 Clouds and Waves by Rabindranath Tagore

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday September 9th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new CDHK Weekend Meditation. As you know this month all the Weekend Meditations are a kind of "distillations". What does that mean? Well I will give you a long poem and you have to catch the essence of the long poem in a haiku or tanka.

This month I have chosen all poems by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), last weekend I challenged you with a poem extracted from his world famous "Gitanjali" and this weekend I have found a beautiful poem written by him on "clouds and waves".

Clouds And Waves (taken from, website doesn't exist anymore)

Clouds And Waves:

Mother, the folk who live up in the clouds call out to me-
"We play from the time we wake till the day ends.
We play with the golden dawn, we play with the silver moon."
I ask, "But how am I to get up to you ?"
They answer, "Come to the edge of the earth, lift up your
hands to the sky, and you will be taken up into the clouds."
"My mother is waiting for me at home, "I say, "How can I leave
her and come?"
Then they smile and float away.
But I know a nicer game than that, mother.
I shall be the cloud and you the moon.
I shall cover you with both my hands, and our house-top will
be the blue sky.
The folk who live in the waves call out to me-
"We sing from morning till night; on and on we travel and know
not where we pass."
I ask, "But how am I to join you?"
They tell me, "Come to the edge of the shore and stand with
your eyes tight shut, and you will be carried out upon the waves."
I say, "My mother always wants me at home in the everything-
how can I leave her and go?"
They smile, dance and pass by.
But I know a better game than that.
I will be the waves and you will be a strange shore.
I shall roll on and on and on, and break upon your lap with
And no one in the world will know where we both are.
©️ Rabindranath Tagore

A wonderful poem. I am exited to read your responses, your "distillations". Well have an awesome weekend.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday September 9th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until September 16th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new regular episode around that same time.

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