September 23, 2018 by petrujviljoen
Staying with Tagore’s poems.
wisteria – three
years’ worth of growth and dying
– one clump of blue rain
plant’s innate facility in taking infinite care while people try to beat the clock – always only minutes to spare – or not.
Thinking on this I imagine God raising Her eyebrows at the concept of: It’s too late!
to a waiting
Time is endless in thy hands, my lord.
There is none to count thy minutes.
Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers.
Thou knowest how to wait.
Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.
We have no time to lose,
and having no time we must scramble for a chance.
We are too poor to be late.
And thus it is that time goes by
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it,
and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last.
At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut;
but I find that yet there is time.
© Rabindranath Tagore
Linked to Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai