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Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

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O you mad, you superbly drunk!
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet/philosopher

O you mad, you superbly drunk!
If you kick open your doors and play the fool in
If you empty your bag in a night, and snap your fingers at
If you walk in curious paths and play with useless things;
Reck not rhyme or reason;
If you break the rudder in two unfurling your
sails before the storm:
Then I will follow you, comrade, and be drunken and go to the

I have wasted my days and nights in the
company of steady wise
Much knowing has turned my hair gray, and much watching has
 made my sight dim.
For years I have gathered and heaped all scraps and fragments of
Crush them and dance upon them, and scatter them all to the
For I know ’tis the height of wisdom to be drunken and go to the

Let all crooked scruples vanish, let me hopelessly
lose my way.
Let a gust of wild giddiness come and sweep me away from my
The world is peopled with worthies, and workers useful and clever;
There are men who are easily the first, and men who come decently
Let them be happy and prosperous, and let me be foolishly futile.
For I know ’tis the end of all works to be drunken and go to the

I swear to surrender this moment all claim to the
ranks of  the
I let go my pride of learning and judgment of right and of wrong.
I’ll shatter the vessel of memory, scattering the last drop of tears;
With the foam of the ruby red wine, I’ll bathe and brighten my
The badge of the proper and prim I’ll tear into shreds for the
I’ll take the holy vow of being worthless, and be drunken and go to
 the dogs.

from Poetry Magazine (June, 1913)

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