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Silent and Overflowing Leisure 

Silent and Overflowing Leisure 

The summer peacefulness that the poet Rabindranath Tagore evokes below, the dedication to life in a silent and overflowing leisure, has become a more frequent experience in my retirement. Yes, there is still the work of writing, there is the work of de-cluttering which can become an endless toil.  There is still the heartache of a world going more and more awry. But it is summer. The bees hover through the abelia flowering in my garden, and there is time…to sit quiet…and sing dedication to life…in this silent and overflowing leisure.  A precious resource for resilience. May you find and savor these moments, too. 

I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side. The works that I have in hand I will finish afterwards.

Away from the sight of thy face my heart knows no rest nor respite, and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil. 

Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs, and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.

Now, it is time to sit quiet, face to face with thee, and to sing dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure. 

– Rabindranath Tagore

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