Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Sialkot / British India
Allama Muhammad Iqbal
Sialkot / British India
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Said The Coal To A Diamond

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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
Dr Antony Theodore 02 December 2019
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 02 December 2019
Wow, what awesome poetry, such meter! !
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Edward Kofi Louis 02 December 2019
Miner's boot! ! ! ! I am less than dust. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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cristobal benjumea 02 December 2019
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 02 December 2019
A dialogue between coal and diamond, beautifully rendered
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Mahtab Bangalee 02 December 2019
great poem wonderful asking and witty replied of diamond
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Kingsley Egbukole 02 December 2019
Beautiful poem. Coal or diamond, be who or what you are and be proud of it.
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M Asim Nehal 12 March 2016
Excellent conversation between the two....Liked it.
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Brian Jani 20 June 2014
I'm quite amazed by the fact that coal and diamonds are made of the same material yet they look 100% dissimilar
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