Giving into Love – Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Love completely
but what for tell?
Cast wholly, why hear
for heart in spell?

Sing joyously
why have song heard?
Touch softly, why feel
the feelings spurred?

Smell heartily
why pluck the roses?
Wear gaily, why expect
what garland exposes

The child of love plays
in the crib of giving.
Give truly in Love
Cradle truth in living.

This is inspired by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a great poet from India. The primary origin of most of this poem is his Hindi poem, “Aadarsh Prem” or “Ideal Love”. Like always, I try to capture the essence in my interpretation, and do not strive to exactly translate. It is impossible to translate great works. Here is the original poem in Hindi: “Aadarsh Prem” 

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