Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Seashore of Endless Worlds

I've been missing Cape Cod so much and wanted to revisit this posting from a few years ago.  I got the idea of gathering these photographs together after seeing a beautiful poem by Rabindranath Tagore on Anna's blog.  I love the pictures of my son communing with the waves, standing on the rocks!  He was exuberant that day.

"On the seashore of endless worlds children meet.
The infinite sky is motionless overhead and the restless water is boisterous.

On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.

They build their houses with sand,

                                              and they play with empty shells.

With withered leaves they weave their boats and smilingly float them on the vast deep

Children have their play on the seashore of worlds.

They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets. Pearl-fishers dive for pearls, merchants sail in their ships, while children gather pebbles and scatter them again. 

They seek not for hidden treasures, they know not how to cast nets.

The sea surges up with laughter, and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach. Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children, even like a mother while rocking her baby’s cradle.

The sea plays with children,

and pale gleams the smile of the sea-beach.

On the seashore of the endless worlds children meet.

Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships are wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play.
On the seashore of endless worlds is the great meeting of children."

—Rabindranath Tagore (Gitanjali)

I discovered this wonderful poem on Anna's blog, Our Homeschooling Journey, Thank you for sharing the work of one of your favorite poets with us, Anna!

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