Thursday, November 29, 2007

For Vera

This is the English translation of the Urdu version of a poem written by Nazim Hikmet, the renowned Turkish poet. The Urdu version was by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the great Pakistani poet and the English one is by Agha Shahid Ali, a Kashmiri poet. The poem is called For Vera, Hikmet's Russian wife.

She said Come
She said Stay
Smile she said
She said Die

I came
I didn’t leave
Yes, I smiled
And I even died.

Nazim Hikmet (1901-63)


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