"No, I Wasn'T Meant To Love And Be Loved&Quot; Poem by Mirza Ghalib

"No, I Wasn'T Meant To Love And Be Loved&Quot;

Rating: 4.7

No, I wasn't meant to love and be loved.
If I'd lived longer, I would have waited longer.

Knowing you are faithless keeps me alive and hungry.
Knowing you faithful would kill me with joy.

Delicate are you, and your vows are delicate, too,
so easily do they break.

You are a laconic marksman. You leave me
not dead but perpetually dying.

I want my friends to heal me, succor me.
Instead, I get analysis.

Conflagrations that would make stones drip blood
are campfires compared to my anguish.

Two-headed, inescapable anguish!—
Love's anguish or the anguish of time.

Another dark, severing, incommunicable night.
Death would be fine, if I only died once.

I would have liked a solitary death,
not this lavish funeral, this grave anyone can visit.

You are mystical, Ghalib, and, also, you speak beautifully.
Are you a saint, or just drunk as usual?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: love
Translated By Vijay Seshadri Read
Susan Williams 14 July 2016

He makes his case with such poetry running out of his pen- he is a very captivating poet, I cannot just read his words and move on- -his point of view demands to be considered whether you want to or not- he is the meaning of intriguing

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Nadia Umber Lodhi 07 October 2018

He is a legend

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Susan Williams 09 October 2018

I agree, Nadia

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M Asim Nehal 01 May 2016


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Ramotlhaba Chrisjan 07 October 2018

Legends are always long remembered. You did your job, well done

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Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal 07 October 2019

so lovely.. adorable..10 Death must come Tuesday,8th October 2019 had I known the impact of love? I could have loved till eternity, but was it not the insult to divinity? the gospel of love was clearly shown by an almighty Hasmukh Mehta Courtesy; NN.Net .poemhunter/hasmukh-amathalal/

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Mahtab Bangalee 07 October 2019

Death would be fine, if I only died once/// great expression

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Kingsley Egbukole 07 October 2019

A beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing. Kingsley Egbukole.

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Dominic Windram 07 October 2019

Passionate, mystical and surreal...a magnificent poem about love's anguish!

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Aniruddha Pathak 07 October 2019

Good translation no doubt, but I'd have loved to read the original along

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Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Ghalib

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