Mirza Ghalib

(27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869 / Agra / British India)

He Was, When It Was Aught - Poem by Mirza Ghalib

He was, when it was aught
He would still be, even if it might have been naught
Drowned I am in my ego
What would have happened if 'I' was not
Laden with distraught and feeling apathetic
do I have to worry about the head being severed
If it did not severe from the body
The head would have simply reposed on the lap
It has been ages that 'Ghalib' died
Yet the memories linger on
His saying this on every occasion
If it was 'like this' then what it would be!

Comments about He Was, When It Was Aught by Mirza Ghalib

  • Susan Williams (7/14/2016 1:02:00 PM)

    Do we make a difference in what happens? I think we do- it might be only a slight difference or it may change the course of someone's life or perhaps history of the world itself. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (4/8/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    Na thaa kuchh to Khudaa thaa, kuchh na hotaa to Khudaa hotaa
    Duboyaa mujh ko hone ne, na hotaa mai.n to kyaa hotaa
    huaa jab Gam se yuu.N behis to Gam kyaa sar ke kaTane kaa
    na hotaa gar judaa tan se to zaa.Nno.n par dharaa hotaa
    huii muddat ke 'Ghalib' mar gayaa par yaad aataa hai
    wo har ek baat pe kahanaa ke yuu.N hotaa to kyaa hotaa”
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/12/2016 8:58:00 AM)

    Philosophical poem, Nicely written and translated. (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2013 1:49:00 PM)

    Drowned I am in my ego
    What would have happened if 'I' was not
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2007 5:47:00 AM)

    To me Mirza sahib thougt in this particuler ghazal shows that he believes in God as his image is bit different in the mind of his readers.ferther this ghazal also shows that anysarrow or any problem in ur life is the side effect of ur presence on this planet.so if u dont need these problem than just goaway n leave only the memories of ur good work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, March 23, 2012

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