Stan’s Corner, Thursday, August 18

Here is a prayer written by a Bengali Nobel Prize winner for poetry in 1913.

Accept me, my Lord, accept me for this while.

Let those orphaned days without thee be forgotten.

Only spread this little moment wide across thy lap,

holding it under thy light.

I have wandered in pursuit of voices that drew me,

yet led me nowhere.

Now, let me sit in peace and listen to thy words,

in the soul of my silence.

Do not turn away thy face from my heart’s dark secrets,

but burn them till they are alight with thy fire.

Rabindranath Tagore