Even the man who is happy
glimpses something
or a hair of sound touches him

and his heart overflows with a longing
he does not recognize

then it must be that he is remembering
in a place out of reach
shapes he has loved

in a life before this
the print of them still there in him waiting

by Kalidasa

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It is the feeling of deja vu that the poet is referring to. At times, we too may feel familiarity with a certain situation which may not have even happened in our life. The poet then goes on to infer that a similar event might have happened in our past life. This is indeed a great poem by an equally great poet.
started everything but still stopped in my numb sense or numb thumb I am the soprano; harsh shouter through the voice of crow none was there, none is here now I am on blank verse just walking on the words of rosary beads.....
Kalidasa was famous as a Sanskrit poet in the history of Indian literature, both for his epics and his lyric stanzas. He was known for his poetic analogies, similes and metaphors. The translation of this lyric is a tribute; it would be fitting to cite the name of the translator and the source.
in a life before this the print of them still there in him waiting - beautifully presented a dimension which is not in everyone's perception
Longing! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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