Ruba'i IV

by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

*handwritten Urdu text by the author, early 1980's*

I'm barbed wire; I could become
a leaf of gold
I'm dry pasture; I could become
flowing eyes.

I would be immortal
if I could kiss
that faint scar of an old wound
on your knee.

[;xaar-e aahan huu;N barang-e zar ho jaa))uu;N]
translated by the author

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