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The New Year

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Rabindranath Tagore :
Like fruit, shaken free by an impatient wind
from the veils of its mother flower,
thou comest, New Year, whirling in a frantic dance
amid the stampede of the wind-lashed clouds
and infuriate showers,
while trampled by thy turbulence
are scattered away the faded and the frail
in an eddying agony of death.
Thou art no dreamer afloat on a languorous breeze, lingering among the hesitant whisper
and hum of an uncertain season.
Thine is a majestic march, o terrible Stranger, thundering forth an ominous incantation,
driving the days on to the perils of a pathless dark, where thou carriest a dumb signal in thy banner, a decree of destiny undeciphered.

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