Wind, come softly.
Don’t break the shutters of the windows.
Don’t scatter the papers.
Don’t throw down the books on the shelf.
The poet makes request to the wind, asking it not to blow so strongly that it breaks down the shutters of the windows, as they separate man from the stormy environment outside. So he is asking the wind for protection. He also askes the wind not to scatter the papers in his room, or to throw down the books from his bookshelves with its force.
There, look what you did – you threw them all down.
You tore the pages of the books.
You brought rain again.
Here the poet accuses the wind of blowing too strongly and creating the mess in his room with the books thrown down from the shelves and the pages torn. He sees outside and tells the wind that it has brought rain with it again.
You’re very clever at poking fun at weaklings.
Fail crumbling houses, crumbling doors, crumbling rafters,
crumbling wood, crumbling bodies, crumbling lives,
crumbling hearts –
the wind god winnows and crushes them all.
Now the poet speaks in a subdued tone to the wind, saying that it makes mischief whenever it encounters anyone who is too meek (humble) and mild to protest against its actions. It tears down doors, rafters and even entire wooden houses altogether, leaving people without shelter from the harsh world outside. This is an idiom implying that the troubles we face in life come as suddenly as the wind, and also leave suddenly. As the poet says, the wind can tear down weak bodies and fragile hearts. That is, difficulties in life can lead to a loss of hope, as well as a loss of life. Thus it is all up to the wind god, says the poet.
He won’t do what you tell him.
So, come, let’s build strong homes,
Let’s join the doors firmly.
Practise to firm the body.
Make the heart steadfast.
Do this, and the wind will be friends with us.
The poet now speaks to the readers, saying that the wind does not listen to anybody and its actions are governed by it alone. To escape its harmful effects, we should build our homes on a strong foundation and ensure that their doors cannot be easily penetrated (get access to) by the wind. Also, we must train out bodies and our hearts to combat and resist (face) the ill-effects of the wind. If we are able to do this, then we will not longer consider the wind an enemy. Instead the wind will invite us to become its friend. This is an idiom meaning that if we make our character strong, we will be able to combat any troubles easily. However, if our character is weak, the troubles will create problems for us.
The wind blows out weak fires.
He makes strong fires roar and flourish.
His friendship is good.
We praise him everyday.
Here the poet describes how the wind has both bad effects and good effects. The bad effect is that it can blow out a weak fire. However, if the fire is burning strongly, then the wind will make it burn fiercer, thus nurturing what is already strong. The poet comes to the conclusion that if we are strong, then the wind is a good friend for us to have, as it will increase our strength. This is an idiom meaning that all troubles that we face in life will strengthen us further if our characters are strong. However, we will be seriously affected by troubles if our characters are weak. He also says that we should sing our devotion to the wind god on a daily basis meaning that we should happily face any troubles in our lives.