Theme: Children

Why So Sweet?

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When I give colorful toys
In your lovely hands
Then I understand
Why in the morning
Colors play on clouds
Waters sparkle with color
And the flower petals are tinged.

When I sing and you dance
Then I realize in my heart
Why there is so much music
In tree leaves and woods
And why water murmurs.

When I give you some cream
On your greedy palms
And you roam about in the room
Smearing it on your face
Then I understand
Why river waters are sweet
Why sweetness is in the fruits.

When I kiss you to make you smile
Then I understand
Why the sky is so pleased
To shower light on my face
Why winds pour so much honey.

Translation of the poem Keno madhur from the collection Shishu by Rabindranath Tagore. The original is at


More By  :  Kumud Biswas

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Comments on this Poem

Comment As a writer of children literature Rabindranath has no parallel in world literature and they are so sweet! Thank you Mr. Sahu for reading and commenting. You may read many more such poems in the poet's own translation in his Crescent Moon. Some more I have posted in

13-Aug-2011 12:05 PM

Comment when i read this poem i was amazedto see imagination at play.later i saw it is a trans-creation of Rabindranath.soon i realised why he is so great.any way well done to touch my heart and mind.hats off.

prafulla sahu
13-Aug-2011 09:02 AM

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