The pumpkin is very proud
The bamboo frame on which it grows
Is its space ship
Not even in absence of mind
It looks at the earth beneath
It considers the sun, the moon and the stars
Its close relatives
Like them it also lives in the sky
It sighs looking high
Its clumsy stalk has kept it bound to the earth
Or else it could easily fly.
When its stalk was cut it realized
Its real relative was the earth
And not the sun of the sky.
Translation of the poem Jathartha Apon which opens the collection Kanika by Rabindranath Tagore. This collection is unique – all its poems are short and epigrammatic. And most of them are also humourous and didactic. The original poem is at http://www.rabindra-rachanabali.nltr.org/node/10334