I see your absence everywhere every moment
In various forms
I see it in the forests and mountains
In the sky and the oceans.
Waiting in silence through the night
With their eager eyes
The stars keep on looking
In rainy days on the leaves of trees
The showers keep on falling.
Your absence is deeply felt
In every home in our pain
In all our loves and passions
In all our efforts and joys and sorrows.
Your absence makes me listless
It fills my heart to the brim
And wells up in my songs.
Translation of the devotional song – Heri aharaha tomari biraha/bhubone bhubone raje he – from the collection Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore. The whole creation seems to wait for its union with the divine as we anxiously wait for our union with our beloved who is away. It was a great favourite of the poet’s Argentine devotee Victoria Ocampo.