Noshi Gilani

(14 March 1964 / Bahawalpur, Punjab / Pakistan)

There Was A Time When I Loved Alone - Poem by Noshi Gilani

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There was a time when I loved alone
Without dream or friend

There was a time when your love was untrue
When I endured such torment that

I don't remember anything now but
There was a river ... or a villa ...

You confused my heart so much
That love shrank to a riddle

Yet had I been the slightest bit disloyal
You would almost have taken my life

Time is like the snakes
Devouring jasmine in my courtyard

Who can I tell, this sad evening
How bright the line of fate once was on my hand?

[Translated by Nukhbah Langah and Lavinia Greenlaw]


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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 9, 2012



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