Mirza Ghalib

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

He was, when it was aught


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!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Friday, March 23, 2012

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  • Rifaqat Khan (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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