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May 10, 2011


If They Answer Not 
          If they answer not to thy call, walk alone. 
          If they are afraid and    
          Cower mutely against the wall          
          O thou of evil luck        
          Open thy mind and speak out alone.
          If they turn away and desert   
          You while crossing the desert,
          O thou of evil luck        
          Trample the thorns under your tread,       
          And along the blood stained track, walk alone.   
          If they do not hold up the light when the   
          Night is troubled by storms    
          Of thou of evil luck,      
          With the thunder-flame of pain ignite your heart
          And let it burn—alone.”

—Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (1912)

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