When we first came to Newfoundland, we were curious to see places around Gander, it was our ultimate destination. My husband who was a physician was invited by some of his patients to visit the nearby beach. we went to Sandy cove Beach. It was summer, visitors enjoyed themselves swimming and running around on the sand. I only watched, at the same time enjoyed watching the people. It was a lot of fun.
We all love the word ‘HOPE’, it is so wonderful to think about it and believe as long as we hope we will be successful in life.
Tagore was a very optimistic poet, he believed in ‘Hope,’ he wrote songs about it, here is one of his songs I have translated. In Bengali, hope means ‘Asha,’ it is always used for a female. I’ve never met any male who was named, ‘Hope.’
Tagore has written many songs and poems titled, ‘Mother.’ It doesn’t always mean his own mother, sometimes he means his country, earth or even God.
The following is the translation of this song:
I have come with a lot of hope, dear mother, please don’t turn me away.
No one wants a destitute, I know you will give me shelter.
I do not want anything else, I only want to sit beside your feet.
I do not want anything I only want to call you, my ‘Mother.’
If you do not give me shelter where will I roam around crying?
There in the distance I see terrible dense cloud this night.
Oh Mom I hope you will save me from the perilous storm.