Allama Muhammad Iqbal

(9 November 1877 - 21 April 1938 / Sialkot / British India)

Said The Coal To A Diamond - Poem by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

My stuff is so vile, I am less than dust
while your gleam rends the mirror's heart.
My darkness lights the chafing-dish
before I am incinerated. A miner's boot
tramples my head, covering me with ashes.

Do you know my life's gist?
A condensed sliver of smoke, transformed
into a single spark, in feature and nature
starlike, your every facet a splendor,
light of the king's eye, the dagger's jewel.

Friend, be wise, the diamond replied, assume
a bezel's dignity! Loam strives to harden
to fill my bosom with radiance. Burn
because you are soft. Banish fear and grief.
Be hard as stone, be a diamond.


Comments about Said The Coal To A Diamond by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Drtony Brahmin (12/2/2019 9:50:00 PM)

    Burn
    because you are soft. Banish fear and grief.
    Be hard as stone, be a diamond. great moral teaching
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  • Bill Cantrell (12/2/2019 1:37:00 PM)

    Wow, what awesome poetry, such meter! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/2/2019 11:16:00 AM)

    Miner's boot! ! ! !
    I am less than dust.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (12/2/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    This poem, inspires me, with the symbolism of the diamond, meaning beauty.The poet endows the diamond, with beauty and all it empire,
    \The poet also, provides a contrat, coal verses the precious diamond, encapsulating, a paradise for the soul
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  • Aniruddha Pathak (12/2/2019 3:46:00 AM)

    A dialogue between coal and diamond,
    beautifully rendered
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (12/2/2019 3:17:00 AM)

    great poem
    wonderful asking and witty replied of diamond
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  • Kingsley Egbukole (12/2/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Coal or diamond, be who or what you are and be proud of it. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/12/2016 2:43:00 PM)

    Excellent conversation between the two....Liked it. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (6/20/2014 4:08:00 PM)

    I'm quite amazed by the fact that coal and diamonds are made of the same material yet they look 100% dissimilar (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 31, 2012


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