Birpurush is a poem written by Rabindranath Tagore. The poem depicts a child fantasising that he saves his mother from dacoits.
The word Birpurush means "Hero" or "Brave man". A child, the protagonist of the poem, is imagining and describing a story to his mother. He is imagining that he is travelling far with his mother. The child is riding a red horse and the mother is travelling on a palanquin.
In the evening when the sun is set they reach a barren place. There is not a single soul there. Even the cattle have returned home. Plodding silence reigns there. The mother is a bit afraid and wonders where they have arrived! The child assures her and tells there is small river ahead. The mother sees a shimmering light and asks her son about it. Suddenly they hear the cry "Ha re, re re, re re" as a band of dacoits attacks their caravan. The mother shivers inside the palanquin; the palanquin-bearers hide in the bush. The son assures the mother, and confronts the dacoits courageously. A fantastic fight follows in which the son emerges victorious. The son returns to mother who kisses his forehead and thanks.