‘Over the green and yellow rice fields’ (1913)

Rabindranath Tagore

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Over the green and yellow rice-fields sweep the
shadows of the autumn clouds followed by the swift-
chasing sun.
The bees forget to sip their honey; drunken with
light they foolishly hover and hum.
The ducks in the islands of the river clamour in joy
for mere nothing.
Let none go back home, brothers, this morning, let
none go to work.
Let us take the blue sky by storm and plunder space
as we run.
Laughter floats in the air like foam on the flood.
Brothers, let us squander our morning in futile songs.