Unending Love

Recently, I happen to watch couple of Audrey Hepburn movies. I had watched Roman Holiday and ‘Ti Fulrani’ fame My Fair Lady long time ago but never forgot that pale and delicate demeanor of her. Watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s was again the same experience relived.

When she died, living a life which one can only imagine, Gregory Peck, a companion of her recited her favourite poem on camera, penned by Rabindranath Tagore, titled Unending Love. Here goes that mysterious poem –

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age, forever.
My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs,
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms,
In life after life, in age after age, forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, it’s age old pain,
It’s ancient tale of being apart or together.
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge,
Clad in the light of a pole-star, piercing the darkness of time.
You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount.
At the heart of time, love of one for another.
We have played along side millions of lovers,
Shared in the same shy sweetness of meeting,
the distressful tears of farewell,
Old love but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man’s days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours –
And the songs of every poet past and forever.

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