Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s Poem: BOL (Speak)

Translated from Urdu by Harsh Bhasin

 

Speak!

for your lips are still free…

Speak!

for the tongue is still yours.

That virile body that is yours–

Speak!

For life is still yours.

See:

in the blacksmith’s shop,

fierce the flames, red the anvil,

the forge: its hungry jaws widening,

the chains: its lap, inviting–

Speak!

for this short time is enough

before body & tongue’s demise.

Speak!

for truth is still alive.

Speak!

whatever you want to say… speak it!

translated from Urdu by Hersh