Thursday, August 1, 2013

Rabindranath Tagore: "Playthings"

Child, how happy you are sitting in the dust, playing with a broken twig
     all the morning.
I smile at your play with that little bit of a broken twig.
I am busy with my accounts, adding up figures by the hour.
Perhaps you glance at me and think, "What a stupid game to spoil
     your morning with!"
Child, I have forgotten the art of being absorbed in sticks and mud-pies.
I seek out costly playthings, and gather lumps of gold and silver.
With whatever you find you create your glad games, I spend both my time
     and my strength over things I never can obtain.
In my frail canoe I struggle to cross the sea of desire, and forget that I too
     am playing a game.

"Playthings" by Rabindranath Tagore, from Crescent Moon. © Forgotten Books, 2013.  

Photography credit: "Writing in Dirt," by Jonas Amaya, 2009 (originally color).

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