Annual of Urdu Studies, v. 2, 1982 p. 1.

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz



The day wanes, the yellow lights arrange in rows;

from each a drizzle

of dissatisfaction.

Far in the sky, the outline

of a past grandeur fades,

and in this foreground

is someone's shadow

upon the shadow of a wall,

with the faint hope of another


as every day

it begins underlip

with the heartlessness of the times.

And here a stranger goes,

skipping the light and the shade,

to a sleepless nightmanship.

Paris, 2979

(Tr. Alamgir Hashmi)

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