Treasure Island

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

(13 February 1911 - 20 November 1984 / Sialkot / British India)

Before You Came


Before you came things were just what they were:
the road precisely a road, the horizon fixed,
the limit of what could be seen,
a glass of wine was no more than a glass of wine.

With you the world took on the spectrum
radiating from my heart: your eyes gold
as they open to me, slate the color
that falls each time I lost all hope.

With your advent roses burst into flame:
you were the artist of dried-up leaves, sorceress
who flicked her wrist to change dust into soot.
You lacquered the night black.

As for the sky, the road, the cup of wine:
one was my tear-drenched shirt,
the other an aching nerve,
the third a mirror that never reflected the same thing.

Now you are here again—stay with me.
This time things will fall into place;
the road can be the road,
the sky nothing but sky;
the glass of wine, as it should be, the glass of wine.

Submitted: Friday, August 04, 2006
Edited: Saturday, August 21, 2010

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  • Ken E Hall (6/23/2011 12:28:00 AM)

    Faiz your English in this poem is like a red carpet in the sky with words choosing each other like birds mating....wonders...10 (Report) Reply

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