Allama Muhammad Iqbal

(9 November 1877 - 21 April 1938 / Sialkot / British India)

Sympathy - Poem by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Perched on the branch of a tree
Was a nightingale sad and lonely

'The night has drawn near', He was thinking
'I passed the day in flying around and feeding

How can I reach up to the nest
Darkness has enveloped everything'?

Hearing the nightingale wailing thus
A glow-worm lurking nearby spoke thus

'With my heart and soul ready to help I am
Though only an insignificant insect I am

Never mind if the night is dark
I shall shed light if the way is dark

God has bestowed a torch on me
He has given a shining lamp to me

The good in the world only those are
Ready to be useful to others who are


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 2, 2012


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