My Heart, My Traveler

January 4, 2007

 

Abandoned Giant Tetrapods~Bourbon Island~Indian Ocean

Tristan Savtier

 

 

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My heart, my fellow traveler
It has been decreed again
That you and I be exiled,
go calling out in every street,
turn to every town.
To search for a clue
of a messenger from our Beloved.
To ask every stranger
the way back to our home.

In this town of unfamiliar folk
we drudge the day into the night
Talk to this stranger at times,
to that one at others.

How can I convey to you, my friend
how horrible is a night of lonliness *
It would suffice to me
if there were just some count
I would gladly welcome death
if it were to come but once.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

 

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Cat Shadow

Steven Gelberg

 

 

 

Notes:

Translation by Hamid Rahim Sheikh: http://www.ece.utexas.edu/~sheikh/poetry/faiz

(London 1978. Taken from the collection My Heart, My Traveler )

* adapted from a couplet by Ghalib

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