Another poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are
Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words
Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you
They who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart.

The writer of this poem was Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), a Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright who reshaped Bengali literature and music.  He was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1913). I confess that I had never heard of this poem – or even of Tagore – until I was introduced to it recently by a dear Chinese friend.


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