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Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
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Feb 01, 08

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Read in February, 2008

I am already loving this book of poetry, though I fear I will need to read it several times before I can actually say I have consumed it. Let me give you an offering from this morning's reading...

"I came out alone on my way to my tryst. But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?
I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger; he adds his loud voice to every word that I utter.
He is my own little self, my lord, he knows no shame; but I am ashamed to come to thy door in his company."

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Now that I am finished I wish to read it again...but, alas, so many books and so little time. What I adore about these poems is that he writes to the deity, and though many believe in different deities, his words are universal and completely transferable to one's own relationship with some higher power: god, nature, etc. These poems are beautifully simple and highly accessible...a quick read that could be extended into lovely moments of provoking thought.
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