I was on a trip away from my usual Bakersfield and Visalia area, to Arizona for a week, visiting my dad and aunt with my 4 sons. I had a lot of time to read, and I picked up a book of poems by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
I am not generally a fan of poetry, but these simple, soulful pleas and prayers enlightened and enlivened me. This poem is entitled, "Why?" From it I feel the sacredness that comes with the everyday, mundane tasks that make us families. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs, Tagore's words are inclusive and relevant. Dorothy said it best in "The Wizard of Oz": "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."
At midnight the would-be ascetic announced: "This is the time to give up my home and seek for God. Ah, who has held me so long in delusion here?"
God whispered, "I," but the ears of the man were stopped.
With a baby asleep at her breast lay his wife, peacefully sleeping on one side of the bed.
The man said, "Who are ye that have fooled me so long?"
The voice said again, "They are God," but he heard it not.
The baby cried out in its dream, nestling close to its mother.
God commanded, "Stop, fool, leave not thy home," but still he heard not.
God sighed and complained, "Why does my servant wander to seek me, forsaking me?"
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)