Jan 2013

"Main dil di duniya ich tede bajhoon,
Je koi wasawaan taan kaafir aakheen.
Main tedi chaukhat nu saari zindagi,
Je sir uthaawaan taan kaafir aakheen.

Je meri pooja ich farq aawe,
'Eijaaz' khanjar da laud kaee naeen.
Khuda gawaah e tu akh cha badle,
Main mar na jaawan taan kaafir aakheen".

In my heart's universe if aside from you,
I give place to another, call me an infidel.
From your door-sill my whole life long,
If i raise my bowed head, call me an infidel.

If i ever grow lacking in my worship (love) for you,
A dagger would not be needed (to kill me).
As God is my witness, just withdraw your love,
And if i don't die instantly, call me an infidel.

Punjabi poem (urdu/arabic dialect) by
Eijaaz Afzal - Pakistani poet.

NB - The image depicts the twirling dance ('Sema' in turkish) performed during recitals of poems (with accompanying music) of Jalaluddin Rumi - thirteenth century persian poet.