By Hafiz Shirazi
Come so the rose we may spread, and, let wine into the goblet flow.
The roof of the sky we may cleave; and a new way seek more aglow.
If an army, the shedder of lovers’ blood, raise sorrow
The Saki and I may join and its foundation pull thorough.
The rose water we pour into the goblet of ruddy wine:
Into the censer of the wind, the sugar and perfume, we cast in twine.
Minstrel! In thy hand resteth a merry instrument, a sweet melody play:
So we may sing a love-song, and dance to the merry note sans delay.
O breeze! To the abode of the Beloved, the soul of ours take;
That the Monarch of the lovely mayest deign our glance’s sake
Of reason, one boasteth; another idle talk doth weave:
Come and to the just Umpire these disputes leave.
Come with us to the tavern if the Garden of Eden thou pine for;
So thee, we may cast at once into the pool of abundance galore.
In Shiraz, the verse, and eloquence, they do not know:
HAFIZ! Come so to another land, we may go.
- Translated by Ismail Salami
By Ali Asghar Ghani
is a dense, semi penetrable
forest of unheard words
which can be crossed only by the
By Eisha Imran
Everybody keeps telling me
but should I listen?
They want me to do things their way.
But hey, I am thinking
with a hand under my chin.
It’s my life people, stop making it worse day by day.
Either I give up living
according to others’ expectations.
Or just live a life my way, instead.
In that case I have a choice
to follow my ambition.
I’ll make the decision sooner or later.
By Mahvesh Farooqi
To hold and write...
I feel so shaky,
My movements uncontrolled,
The tremors jolt me from inside
Parkinson’s has deeply afflicted my life,
I keep up my will-power,
To fight this rough fight
By Naad-e-Ali Khan
For the sake of life in the world
For the survival of every animal and bird
For the lively smiles, on the face of people
We need to build dams, rather than steeple
My country is thirsty, my rivers are dry
I don’t want to let my field and trees cry
I wish to see my country growing green
I promise to keep my school tidy and clean
Let’s build dams to preserve nature
Let’s build dams to secure our future
Compiled by SK