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Govinda Krishna Chettur


You are the Rose of me,
In you have I lost myself utterly,
Your fragrance, as a breath from Paradise,
About me ever lies;
I crush you to my heart with subtlest ecstasy
And on your lips I live, and in your passionate eyes.
You are the Dream of me,

My visions many-footed flit and flee
Beneath the jewelled arches of Life's grace:
But through lone nights and days,
One form I follow, and mine eyes but see
The dear delightful wonder of your love-lit face.

You are the Greatness of me,
My thoughts are Beauty shaped exquisitely
To the rare pattern of your loveliness
Exceeding all excess:
And the strange magic of this mystery,
Steals weight from burdened hours, and woe from weariness.

This poem is in the public domain.



Govinda Krishna Chettur (1898 - 1936) was born in Madras, India. He obtained an M.A. at Oxford, where he had the chance to meet Rabindranath Tagore, John Masefield, and William Yeats. Govinda published his first collection of poems, inspired by and dedicated to Yeats, at the age of 24; upon his return to India, he took a position as principal of the Government College in Mangalore. Govinda published six other books during his lifetime.





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Posted 02/04/2020 09:50 AM
I love "exceeding all excess."
Posted 02/04/2020 09:04 AM
Wonderful. Wonderful tribute. Wonderful poetry. Wonderful love. Thanks for sharing that. Randy
Posted 02/04/2020 08:45 AM

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