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Gitanjali – after Rabindranath Tagore

I am made endless for your pleasure

Again and again emptied and filled

A frail vessel ever with fresh life

And melodies eternally new

Breathed through me

As though a little reed flute

Cast over the earth

And at your hand’s immortal touch

My small heart loses all limits of joy

To create ineffable utterances

And on these small hands of mine

Your infinite gifts are received

Ages pass and still they pour

And still there is room for more


Navika Ramjee was born in South Africa in 1950 into an Indian family. Her family history is marked by that of the British Raj. She now lives in Oxford. Her work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal and Aerodrome, a South African literary journal.

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