The Double Leaving–“jete nahi dibo”

Before she left her in-laws’ house the first time, her new father quoted some lines from Tagore to them at the table, among which were the haunted words “jete nahi dibo.” He and his wife were grieving the return of their children.I noticed that her eyes remained dry and quiet. She was probably thinking of her earlier departure. That which comes must go, tho’ all cry, jete nahi dibo.

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As her wedding approached, she had cried out, mother, mother, look, my girlhood passes! Jete nahi dibo. But it passed, and she was wed.
No, don’t go, life, come to my house.

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