Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Koi Umeed Bar Nahi Ati...Mirza Ghalib - the Mughal Muslim poet (1797-1869)


No hope comes my way
No visage shows itself to me

That death will come one day is definite
Then why does sleep evade me all night?

I used to laugh at the state of my heart
Now no one thing brings a smile

Though I know the reward of religious devotion
My attention does not settle in that direction

It is for these reasons that I am quiet
If not, would I not converse with you?

Why should I not remember you?
Even if you cannot hear my lament

You don’t see the anguish in my heart
O healer, the scent of my pain eludes you

I am now at that point
That even I don’t know myself

I die in the hope of dying
Death arrives and then never arrives

How will you face Mecca, Ghalib
When shame doesn't come to you