He Was, When It Was Aught Poem by Mirza Ghalib

He Was, When It Was Aught

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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 OF THE POEM
M Asim Nehal 12 March 2016

Philosophical poem, Nicely written and translated.

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M Asim Nehal 08 April 2016

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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* Sunprincess * 06 December 2013

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

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Susan Williams 14 July 2016

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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Rifaqat Khan 18 August 2007

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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Chinedu Dike 11 March 2022

Deep and insightful

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Kevin Patrick 10 March 2022

Ive know idea how faithful the translation is to the original text, but this work still possess a power in its translation. Nothing is forever what is will always become was. A superb work!

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Mahtab Bangalee 31 July 2020

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Mahtab Bangalee 30 July 2020

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

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