Poems Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore
(Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India, 2008)
Hardcover edition, 110 pages plus Preface by the author.
In After Tagore David Ray explores, elaborates, transposes and engages his own thoughts in dialogue with those of Tagore to celebrate the elemental simplicity of human endeavors, telling people to look away from the clock and the calendar.
"This book is for readers who may find images and ideas that provoke them to meditation, homage to nature, or even to right conduct..." "Ray's Tagore poems take us to a larger tradition and Tagore turns out to be a vital door," writes Yuyutsu RD Sharma, poet and Nirala Series editor.
Strange to think how we once had wings—
these very cells that make up our flesh,
so earthbound and heavy. And strange
to think we were dinosaurs and that
the water flowing through us back to earth
once flowed through them, and odd to think
that we were once tiny horses, great whales,
little bugs that scurry around on the ground
and have done so for millions of years. Strange
to think we were again and again newborn
babes just learning to smile. And the scales!
You once had scales, my love, and often
delighted another snake.