Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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

The Incarceration Of Loneliness - Poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

On the far horizon waved some flicker of light
My heart, a city of suffering, awoke in a state of dream
My eyes, turning restless, still dreaming,
the morning, dawning in this vacuous abode of separation

In the wine-cup of my heart, I poured my morning wine
Mixing in the bitterness of the past, the poison of the present

On the far horizon waved some flicker of light
far from the eye, a precursor to some morning
Some song, some scent, some unbelievably pretty face
went by unknowingly, carrying a distressful hope

Mixing in the bitterness of the past, the poison of the present
I proposed a toast to the longings on this day of prison-visit
To the fellow drinkers of my homeland and beyond
To the beauty of the worlds, the grace of beloved's lip and cheek


Comments about The Incarceration Of Loneliness by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/7/2015 5:19:00 AM)


    Nice poem to read, translation is fantastic. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/26/2007 6:31:00 AM)


    A wonderful translation - would like to know who translated this beautiful poem. Faiz is an extraordinary poet. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 21, 2010


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