Noshi Gilani

(14 March 1964 / Bahawalpur, Punjab / Pakistan)

I Say Nothing Anywhere - Poem by Noshi Gilani

I say nothing anywhere, I am silent
While you, as if my lord, order me silent

The story has something to say
But its characters are silent

Blame rains down
Yet, like a stone, I am silent

Till now the killer has been quite safe
Because the walls and doors are silent

People demand the killer's whereabouts
But the village guards are silent.

The same chained evening, same time of year
But why this time is everyone silent?

[Translated by Nukhbah Langah and Lavinia Greenlaw]

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 9, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, April 9, 2012

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