Saturday, August 1, 2009


Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1914-1984): was One of the foremost poets in the Indian sub-continent, born in Sialkot in Pakistan. He studied philosophy and English literature, but poetry and politics preoccupied him more than anything else. For writing poetry that always antagonizes the ruling Ăšlite and challenges colonial and feudal values, he had to go to jail repeatedly.Faiz's poetry exhibits a strong sense of commitment to lower-class people, yet it always maintains a unique beauty nourished by the long, rich tradition of Urdu literature. His love poems are as appealing as his political poems, and he is considered primarily responsible for shaping poetic diction in contemporary Urdu poetry. What is his attitude towards loneliness ? Enjoy two poems of Faiz laced with Photographs of Vitasta at Zero Bridge .

Loneliness like a good old friend,
visits my house to pour wine in the evening.
And we sit together,
waiting for the moon,
and for your face to sparkle in every shadow.

Do not strike the chord of sorrow tonight!
Days burning with pain turn to ashes.
Who knows what happens tomorrow?
Last night is lost; tomorrow's frontier wiped out:
Who knows if there will be another dawn?
Life is nothing, it's only tonight!
Tonight we can be what the gods are!
Do not strike the chord of sorrow, tonight!
Do not repeat stories of sufferings now,
Do not complain, let your fate play its role,
Do not think of tomorrows,
give a damn--Shed no tears for seasons gone by,
All sighs and cries wind up their tales,
Oh, do not strike the same chord again!


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