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Krishnakali -- Rabindranath Tagore

It's a cool and rainy day in Tokyo, just perfect for me to send you this
guest poem submitted by Ron Heard :
(Poem #367) Krishnakali
In the village they call her the dark girl
but to me she is the flower Krishnakali
On a cloudy day in a field
I saw the dark girl's dark gazelle-eyes.
She had no covering on her head,
her loose hair had fallen on her back.

        Dark? However dark she be,
        I have seen her dark gazelleeyes.

Two black cows were lowing,
as it grew dark under the heavy clouds.
So with anxious, hurried steps,
the dark girl came from her hut.
Raising her eyebrows toward the sky,
she listened a moment to the clouds' rumble.

        Dark? However dark she be,
        I have seen her dark gazelle-eyes.

A gust of the east wind
rippled the rice plants.
I was standing by a ridge,
alone in the field.
Whether or not she looked at me
Is known only to us two.

        Dark? However dark she be,
        I have seen her dark gazelle-eyes.

This how the Kohldark cloud
rises in the northeast in Jaistha;
the soft dark shadow
descends on the Tamal grove in Asharh;
and sudden delight floods the heart
in the night of Sravan.

        Dark? However dark she be,
        I have seen her dark gazelle-eyes.

To me she is the flower Krishnakali,
whatever she may be called by others.
In a field in Maynapara village
I saw the dark girl's dark gazelle-eyes.
She did not cover her head,
not having the time to feel embarrassed.

        Dark? However dark she be,
        I have seen her dark gazelle-eyes.
-- Rabindranath Tagore
Translated by J. C. Ghosh

I think my favourite love poem is Krishnakali, by Tagore.

I love the dreaminess emphasised by repetition -- the sort of repetition
that is natural in an infatuation. At the same time I love the
clear-eyed clarity of the particulars. Tagore has captured the self and
the woman, the mood and the reality.

(I heard the poem read over the radio, and found it on the web. I
haven't been able to find it in a printed version, so I hope the
transcription is correct)

Ron Heard

41 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

Anonymous said...

i love the description of her it makes her mysterious which makes it even more romantic

Ved said...

Awesum and very sweet poem..... One of muh favourite poem....
I like the repeatation of those 2 punch lines...

VED

Anonymous said...

What a romantic depiction!!!

Anonymous said...

In my mobile phone, I had stored my wife's (at that time my fiancee) phone number as KK, inspired by this poem. I love the mood that the poem evokes. Monsoon is almost here...awaiting Kohl dark clouds eagerly:)
-SS

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I really like to heard poems I have a friend that like to make poems and he just need a word to get inspired I would like to have a boyfriend that could tell me a beautiful poem everyday.

Anonymous said...

The poem really touched my heart.the expression "sudden delight floods the heart"

Busana Muslim said...

in this case, the enchantment of the night. (This takes a page
from Jacques Derrida's postmodernist playbook.) And yet we keep trying,
as the poem so wonderfully points out.

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in this case, the enchantment of the night. (This takes a page
from Jacques Derrida's postmodernist playbook.) And yet we keep trying,
as the poem so wonderfully points out.

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