Forgotten Poem

was watching The Actor’s Studio on Pix. had an interview with Charlie Sheen… though i didn’t see the interview but did watched the Q&A session at the end. he said some remarkably touching things… like the time he was asked to cry his heart out for a scene in a TV series based on Nixon… and his father had died a few month’s earlier, but he had not had a chance to mourn his death. so when he was asked to do that scene, he decided to mourn his father. he wrote Ramon Estevez on a sheet of paper, looked at it and then cried & cried & cried for the scene. Ramon is Charlie Sheen’s real name and the person who called him Ramon his entire life, was his father.

after that he went on to talk about Gandhi (and how it was huge in Hollywood, everyone wanted to be liked Gandhi – thin, tanned and moral)… and how he came to learn a famous poem by Rabindranath Tagore… where the mind is without fear. suddenly i was transported years and years back… into school. i could not believe i had forgotten the poem. it’s so beautiful, and this time i won’t forget it.

where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
where knowledge is free
where the world has not been broken up into fragments
by narrow domestic walls
where words come out from the depth of truth
where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
in the dreary desert sand of dead habit
where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action
into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

of course, one can’t help but think that if only he knew what the country had become…

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