Taal Gaach, The Palmyra Tree by Tagore Translation by Ranu

Palmyra Toddy

Palmyra Toddy (Photo credit: lakpuratravels)

Palmyra tree       standing on one leg

surpassing  trees

peeks at the sky.

Its desire            to pierce through the black clouds,

fly away__

where will it find  wings.

This is why       on top of its head

in its round leaves

it gets its wish

it thinks           these are  wings,

it’s not prohibited to fly

leaving its home.

All day              tottering sound is heard

the leaves tremble,

it thinks it’s flying_

it feels           it will  travel  the sky

avoid the stars

as if  going somewhere.

Afterwards    when the breeze comes to a halt,

the leaves stop trembling,

it comes back to reality__

the earth is its mother,

feels good once again

to see      the corner of the universe.!

9 thoughts on “Taal Gaach, The Palmyra Tree by Tagore Translation by Ranu

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this. I very much like it, this tree that stands between earth and sky!

    All good wishes,


  2. I have always loved trees so much, they are such a fascination to look at, and they provide a spectacular insight into nature’s inspiration for humans. They demand nothing they are always just givers, providers and a bliss for all around them. Thanks for this lovely poem decorated with a lovely picture.

    • I always wanted to translate this one.Somehow I didn’t get around to it.I used to recite this poem at a young age.Little did I know,
      some day I will attempt to translate it.It has been a pleasure finally doing it and your comments are always very genuine and uplifting.
      Thank you so much.

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