[SHC World Poetry Month] “Waiting” by Shri Rabindranath Tagore

by Amrita Chopra

Shri Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). Photo credits: DNA India.

The poem “Waiting” by Shri Rabindranath Tagore can be interpreted in multiple ways — spiritual, religious or even romantic. I found it to be an expression of a spiritual journey. Tagore talks about the Hindu belief that God resides within all of us, and the journey towards him requires no intermediary. In the poem, Tagore says that although he is moving forward in his journey towards God, he is not ready to “meet” him yet because his spiritual devotion is still developing.

I’ve always loved to read Tagore’s work. He was one of India’s leading poets — who wrote in 3 languages and also penned down our national anthem. I chose this poem because it binds an essential experience of life in different contexts — waiting. Whether it is waiting for a lover, God or just a change — isn’t that what we’re all doing.. just.. Waiting?

“Waiting” by Shri Rabindranath Tagore. Recited by Amrita Chopra

“Waiting”

by Shri Rabindranath Tagore (India)

The song I came to sing

remains unsung to this day.

I have spent my days in stringing

and in unstringing my instrument.

The time has not come true,

the words have not been rightly set;

only there is the agony

of wishing in my heart…..

I have not seen his face,

nor have I listened to his voice;

only I have heard his gentle footsteps

from the road before my house…..

But the lamp has not been lit

and I cannot ask him into my house;

I live in the hope of meeting with him;

but this meeting is not yet.

Recited by: Amrita Chopra (Year 2, Faculty of Social Sciences)

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