pal do pal

 

There isn’t quite another poem I know that expresses the conjunction of humility and wisdom they way this one by Saahir Ludhianvi does. We all live, but only for a few moments. We shall be forgotten, if not in some years, then in some decades, or perhaps some centuries. Life will move on. There will be new heroes, new lovers, new villains. We are just a few moments on the face of eternity, now here, soon gone. Ironically, this very impression of our fragility and our ephemerality makes us value the little time we have.

kal nayi kopalein phootengi

kal naye phool muskaaenge

aur nayi ghaas ke naye farsh par

naye paaon ithlaayenge

wo mere beech nahi aaye

mai unke beech mein kyun aaun

unki subhon aur shaamon ka

mai ek bhi lamha kyun paaun

 

mai pal do pal ka shaayar hun

pal do pal meri kahaani hai

pal do pal meri hasti hai

pal do pal meri jawaani hai… 

 

mujhse pehle kitne shaayar

aaye aur aa kar chale gaye

kuchh aahein bhar kar laut gaye

kuchh naghme ga kar chale gaye

wo bhi ek pal ka qissa thay

mai bhi ek pal ka qissa hun 

kal tumse juda ho jaaunga

go aaj tumhaara hissa hun 

mai pal do pal ka shaayar hun

 

kal aur aayenge

naghmon ki khilti kaliyaan chunne waaale 

mujhse behtar kehne waale

tumse behtar sunne waale

kal koi mujhko yaad kare

kyun koi mujhko yaad kare

masroof zamaana mere liye

kyun waqt apna barbaad kare

mai pal do pal ka shaayar hun.. 

 

– saahir ludhianvi

 

saahir ludhianvi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tomorrow, new buds will burst open

and new flowers will smile

and on a new floor, of new grass 

new feet will stroll about 

they did not get in my way

i shall not get in theirs

of their dawns and evenings

why shall i have a moment’s share? 

i am a poet, of a moment or two

a moment or two, my story 

a moment or two, my being 

a moment or two, my youth

 

several poets arrived 

and several poets departed

some after many sighs sighed

some after many songs sung

they too, were a tale of a moment or two 

i too, am a tale of a moment or two 

tomorrow we shall far apart

yet, today i’m part of you

i am a poet, of a moment or two

 

tomorrow, there shall be others

to cull the buds of poetry anew

writers better than me

readers better than you 

why, then, should my remembrance be?

in a busy world, there shan’t be time for me

i am a poet, of a moment or two.. 

 

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~ by tdcatss on June 5, 2013.

2 Responses to “pal do pal”

  1. This is wonderful, Kaif. Thanks for sharing!

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