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The Gardener XI: Come As You Are

Rabindranath Tagore 1861 (Kolkata) – 1941 (Kolkata)

Come as you are; do not loiter over
your toilet.
  If your braided hair has loosened if
the parting of your hair be not straight,
if the ribbons of your bodice be not
fastened, do not mind.
  Come as you are; do not loiter over
your toilet.
  Come, with quick steps over the
grass.
  If the raddle come from your feet
because of the dew, of the rings of bells
upon your feet slacken, if pearls drop
out of your chain, do not mind.
  Come, with quick steps over the
grass.
  Do you see the clouds wrapping the
sky?
  Flocks of cranes fly up from the
further river-bank and fitful gusts of
wind rush over the heath.
  The anxious cattle run to their stalls
in the village.
  Do you see the clouds wrapping the
sky?
  In vain you light your toilet lamp
--it flickers and goes out in the
wind.
  Who can know that your eyelids
have not been touched with lamp-
black? For your eyes are darker
than rain-clouds.
  In vain you light your toilet lamp--
it goes out.
  Come as you are; do not loiter over
your toilet.
  If the wreath is not woven, who
cares; if the wrist-chain had not been
linked, let it be.
  The sky is overcast with clouds--it
is late.
  Come as you are; do not loiter over
your toilet.

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