TODAY I CALL TO WARIS SHAH!


Powerful words shared. A outstanding poem.

Tanvi

AMRITA PRITAM – AAKHAN WARIS SHAH NUN!

( Translated from Punjabi by N.S. Tasneem)

Amrita Pritam(1919-2005)

Today I call to Waris Shah–speak from your grave!

Today, open the next page in the book of love.

Once, a daughter of Punjab wept and you wrote an epic on her suffering

O Waris Shah! Today, tens of thousands of daughters of Punjab are weeping.

You, the friend to those in agony–rise up and look at your Punjab!

Today, corpses litter the pastures.

And the Chenab river runs with blood,

Someone has poured poison into the five rivers

And those waters have drenched the fertile fields

So that every growing thing in this land has now turned poisonous

Every inch of every growing thing has turned blood red.

And worse, the curse has ripened.

The poisoned wind gusted into every single wood,

Transformed every bamboo flute into a serpent.

First, it bit…

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