The Clear Stream of Reason

What can you do with a writing prompt? Almost anything. Consider this short passage from Rabindranath Tagore,

“Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into dreary desert sand of dead habit”

You could go somewhere with “reason,” “dreary desert,” “dead habit,” or more–especially if you examine the entire poem. Here’s a link to one of many layouts for it (I have no idea how Tagore originally presented it).

I went with “the clear stream of reason” to create a scifi backstory, which likely has no relation to Tagore’s point of “Let My Country Awake.”

The clear stream of reason flowed from the mind spring of Thallos. All who partook of its waters found enlightenment–the wisdom of the ancients. The colonists knew nothing of this. They came to raise crops, assuming the stream to be a great resource promising productive land. They weren’t entirely mistaken, but were surprised when what they planted evolved into something quite different than expected. Nutritious and flavorful produce, but not the same as they had grown on their former planet. After consuming the harvest for a time, they began seeing each other and Thallos differently. With a new awareness, they realized the plants had been enlightened by the waters as much as they had.



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3 thoughts on “The Clear Stream of Reason

  1. Interesting food for thought, ‘what they had planted evolved into something quite different’, not dissimilar to current times. 🙂

    1. Hmm, methinks this comment is an oblique reference to politics. 🙂 That’s OK, but I steer clear of that here, for whatever good that does. LOL.

      1. Lol, you know, I thought you were steering clear here, yet, somehow, I detected a somewhat related thought to politics when you wrote it. 🙂

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