July 15, 2003


God, again and again
through the ages
you have sent messengers
to this pitiless world:
They have said, 'Forgive everyone',
they have said,' Love one another-
Rid your hearts of evil.' ....
....My voice is choked to-day;

I have no music in my flute:
Black moonless night
has imprisoned my world,
plunged it into nightmare.
And this is why,
with tears in my eyes, I ask:
Those who have poisoned your air,
those who have extinguished your light,
can it be that your have forgiven them?
Can it be that you love them?

-Rabindranath Tagore
(Translated by William Radice)


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