I’ve just discoverred Tagore, Asia’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Just imagine – he wrote his first poem when he was only eight!

(I found this photo of oaks in Louisiana, USA via Stumbleupon, so unfortunately, don’t know who took it.)


BE still,

my heart,

these great trees are prayers.

Tagore (from his poem Stray Birds)

13 responses

  1. Is that a photo or a painting. Its beautiful.

    “these great trees are prayers.” I could write everyday for a year and not come up with a turn of phrase that incredibly beautiful and evocative.


    November 29, 2008 at 16:05

  2. Those trees are wiser than the universe, I can tell! Absolutely breathtaking!


    November 29, 2008 at 18:07

  3. kelli

    My “roots” are in Lousiana (no pun intended) and I can say from first hand experience …those three lines encapsulate this setting perfectly.


    November 29, 2008 at 19:00

  4. Amy

    what a fantastic photo and breathtaking phrase!


    November 29, 2008 at 20:14

  5. Gorgeous photo. Breathtaking quote. I’m soothed and stirred.


    November 30, 2008 at 04:27

  6. po

    I haven’t heard of him, am always looking for new writers to read!


    November 30, 2008 at 09:52

  7. Oh that’s beautiful.


    November 30, 2008 at 10:13

  8. Oh I adore Rabindranath Tagore, he is one of my favorites! 🙂


    November 30, 2008 at 22:26

  9. Oh my…love the poem……and of course I absolutely adore Live Oaks. They are so majestic!


    December 1, 2008 at 17:53

  10. stunning photos – beautiful words


    December 2, 2008 at 08:12

  11. Anonymous

    I love trees and this is my absolute favorite! I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and have spent many of my childhood days climbing these amazing oak trees in Audubon Park near Story Land.
    This photo was taken at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA. 😉


    April 8, 2012 at 03:18

  12. Lovely poem and photo. I often quote Tagore in my blog but hadn’t seen this one. Photo reminds me of our vpbeautiful live oaks in SC


    April 27, 2013 at 14:17

  13. These oaks are mammoths, very much like some of the oldest live oaks in Jacksonville, FL. Nature always stirs, inspires!


    December 27, 2013 at 09:21

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