poet Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Ghalib

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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!

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004
Poem Edited: Friday, March 23, 2012

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/31/2020 12:02:00 AM)

    অনেক কিছুর মাঝেই তিনি অস্তিত্বে অবিরত ছিলেন
    তিনি এখনও থাকতেন, যদি কিছু না হতো অদৃশ্য খেয়ালে
    ডুবে গেছি এ আমি আমার আমিত্বে
    কীইবা হতো এ 'আমি' না থাকলে
    উদ্বিগ্ন ভরা পাথেয় আর উদাসীন বোধ ছাড়া!
    আমার কি কোন ভয় হবে শিরোচ্ছেদ হওয়া নিয়ে?
    যদি না এটি শরীর থেকেও গুরুতর
    মাথাটা কেবল কোলেই বহন করা হতো
    যুগে যুগে 'গালিব' মারা গিয়েছিলো
    তবু স্মৃতি দীর্ঘ থেকে দীর্ঘতর হয়
    তাঁর পঙতিমালায় হয় প্রতিটি অনুষ্ঠান
    যদি এটি এইই ছিলো তবে কীইবা ঘটেছিলো!


    চট্টগ্রাম

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/30/2020 11:42:00 PM)

    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! ......what a great poetic expression; wonderfully translated

    there was HE
    and there is and shall be
    but in the mind- like that grave of HIM
    ALIVE
    none sees
    age after ages utters HIS name
    and year after years carriers died
    yet HIS name ALIVE in that grave of MIND
    it's the MAHTAB where LOVE loves to stay under the DEATH of REMEMBERED ALIVE

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/30/2020 10:47:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem with great message from great poet....
    10+++

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/30/2020 1:06:00 PM)

    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.
    fine poem. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/30/2020 1:03:00 PM)

    The head would have simply reposed on the lap
    It has been ages that 'Ghalib' died
    Yet the memories linger on..
    very good poem. tony

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/30/2020 12:48:00 PM)

    Memories! ! ! !

    Feeling apathetic.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Abimbola (7/30/2020 7:11:00 AM)

    Very good write up

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/30/2020 4:07:00 AM)

    na thā kuchh to ḳhudā thā kuchh na hotā to ḳhudā hotā
    Duboyā mujh ko hone ne na hotā maiñ to kyā hotā
    न था कुछ तो ख़ुदा था, कुछ न होता तो ख़ुदा होता,
    डुबोया मुझको होने ने न मैं होता तो क्या होता! .... //.... Ghalib is by far the best known Urdu poet.

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  • Nadia Umber LodhiNadia Umber Lodhi (10/7/2018 11:30:00 AM)

    نہ تھا کچھ تو خدا تھا

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  • ggfgd (5/28/2018 8:42:00 PM)

    dgfdfgdgdghfghfhfhfhfhfhfh

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  • S M (5/28/2018 8:39:00 PM)

    very good poem my friend

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan 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.

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  • M Asim NehalM 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”

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

    Philosophical poem, Nicely written and translated.

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/6/2013 1:49:00 PM)

    Drowned I am in my ego
    What would have happened if 'I' was not

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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.

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