Written for: Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #48 – Tagore’s Gitanjali
The weekend meditations will be all “distillations”. I will give you a poem by Tagore and I challenge you to create haiku or tanka from it or bring the “long poem” back to its essential meaning and write a haiku (or tanka) about it.
Gitanjali, Song Offerings … it sounds amazing, but can you bring it back to its essential meaning? Can you bring the following poem back to its essential and create a haiku (or tanka) with it? Well that’s the goal for this weekend meditation …
The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.
I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light,
and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds
leaving my track on many a star and planet.
It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself,
and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.
The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own,
and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach
the innermost shrine at the end.
My eyes strayed far and wide before
I shut them and said `Here art thou!’
The question and the cry `Oh, where?’ melt into tears of a thousand streams
and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance `I am!’
© Rabindranath Tagore (taken from “Gitanjali”)
Here is my attempt:
traveler journeys far
wide scope of wandering
to find himself