by Rabindranath Tagore

The foolish run.
The clever wait.
And the wise go into the garden.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was an Indian Bengali polymath. He was a popular poet, novelist, musician, and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, and as the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore was perhaps the most widely regarded Indian literary figure of all time. He was a mesmerizing representative of the Indian culture whose influence and popularity internationally perhaps could only be compared to that of Gandhi, whom Tagore named ‘Mahatma’ out of his deep admiration for him. (Annotated biography of Rabindranath Tagor courtesy of

Editor’s Note: This piece was by suggestion of my mother, a poet and gardener who, often, knows best.

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About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Managing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  1. maya elashi says:

    i don’t think of myself as particulary wise, but I do know that connecting to The Mother G-dd-ss of It All is therapeutic and imperative for me in these days of tumultous transitions … Thanks for reminding me of Tagore!

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