Poems by Ayub Khawar / Translation by Prof. Muhammad Shanazar

Poems by Ayub Khawar


A little While before Evening

A little while before evening,
On leaves of the dream-tree,
The sunlight poured orange-coloured smiles,
And green wind putting jujube
Coloured anchal of clouds,
When tinkled the drops of anklet,
The love,
That was confined,
Quite hushed till yesterday, into her own entity,
Like a cube taking out of the refrigerator,
Gradually began to crackle,
Rays of descending sun were sprouting
From the mirror of seven colours,
Droplets of the light was slipping ,
From shoulders of evening,
From the womb of the dream-tree,
Sapphire of the moon was glimmering,
My heart began to pulsate,
To see the impossible becoming possible



O! America
Stop this brutal and inhuman action against humanity
Don’t destroy the innocence of my childhood,
Don’t ravage my sleep, filled with dream of peace
O! the barbarians stop this chemical war
Stop to destroy my motherland
Look at me,
The biscuits of my share
Have been shattered into shards
By the bomb blasts,
Hunger bursts like explosives,
Between my chest and stomach
The pieces of lamentation have stuck
Into my throat,
They are neither swallowed nor gorged
Look for a while to this side…here,
There cling to bare soles of my feet
Exhaustion of intense explosives
Being rained for years,
On the wilderness of my motherland,
And the iron-kites are constantly
Flying over my head,
And I am empty bellied.
O! America
In my lap I have sterile earth of my land
And the pieces of exploded missiles.
What will you give me,
Against this drabbed earth and rubble of missiles and chemicals?
But my innocence, beats of hearts, smiles, dreams,
Books, copies, pencils, classroom, Desks, chair, playgrounds,
Wings of butterflies, my fellows, families colours of flowers,
And the entire “peace”
Which is still breathing under the ruins of my motherland..


Translation by  Prof. Muhammad Shanazar


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