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The Flower says

A flower blooms in monsoon rain. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

The flower says
Blessed am I
Blessed am I
Upon this earth…

The flower says
I was born from the dust
Kindly kindly
Let me forget it
Let me forget it
Let me forget.

Of dust inside me there is none
No dust at all inside me
The flower says.

The words are the first section of a song composed by Rabindranath Tagore for his dance drama Chandalika, the untouchable maid. The drama was modeled on an ancient Buddhist legend describing how Ananda, - Gautams Buddha’s disciple-asks for water from a girl belonging to an indigenous tribe.

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