Incomplete By Rabindranath Tagore___ translation by Ranu

This is a poem in which the poet talks  about all the things that he could not complete.

In life all the prayers I did not complete,

I know ,I know even then it is not my defeat.

The unopened flower  that fell on the earth,

the river that lost its flow on the desert,

I know ,I know even then it is not a loss.

In my life whatever is left incomplete,

I know,I know even then it is not false.

My future my  unblemished life

are playing in the strings of your lute__

I know, I know still they are not lost.

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken i...

English: Photo of Rabindranath Tagore, taken in 1905 or 1906 by the poet and artist Sukumar Ray, father of Satyajit Ray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14 thoughts on “Incomplete By Rabindranath Tagore___ translation by Ranu

    • Thank you,Mr. Dar. When I was translating it I was almost tempted to give my thoughts,
      about Tagore’s Incomplete,but I held back,I was certain you will know.I didn’t want to spoil it.
      I translated this poem exactly the way it was.I just put the English word for the Bengali word.
      I think it gives the reader the opportunity to comment the way they see it.
      I am so glad for your comment,thank you so much.

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you very much for this!

    The Indians here say that everything is always in a state of becoming.

    This poems brings me back to Iqbal and his teachings.

    All good wishes,

    robert

    • Thank you,Robert.Sometimes when I read Tagore’s work in isolation,I find some similarities between Iqbal’s and Tagore’s work.
      This one was sending me that kind of vibe.When I was translating it I thought may be I should include some of my thoughts on it.
      I changed my mind for I thought your impression and Mr. Dar’s can add to my thoughts,which in itself is a learning process for me.
      Thanks for taking the time to write your comment. It really is a very helpful process.

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