Pinch of Dust

HIS MAJESTY BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR
Last Mughal Emperor of India
(1837-58)
&
Eminent Poet in the Ghazal Tradition
who wrote “I am that solitary pinch of dust” 

Last Mughal Emperor of India

ZAFAR’S EPITAPH

I
Neither the light of anyone’s eye,
Nor the ease in anyone’s breast;
That which is useless to anyone, aye!
I am that solitary pinch of dust.

نه کِسی کی آنکه نُر هُوں
نه کیسی کے دِل کا قَرار  هُوں
جو کِسی  کے کام نرآسَکے
میَں وه ایک مُشت غبار  هُوں

II
My mood and mien have been destroyed;
My love has gone and me abandoned.
The garden has been laid waste;
I am indeed its springtime harvest.

مِرا رَنگ  ِروُپ بِگڑ گِیا
مِرا یار مُجه سے سِچهڑ گِیا
جو چَمَن خِذان سے آجڑ گِیا
میَں اُسی کی فَصل بَهار هُوں

springtime

III
Why should you come at my grave to pray ?
Why should you come  with wreaths to lay?
Why should you come with a candle to light?
I am that shrine of Paradise Lost.

پئ فاتِحَه کوئ آے کیوُں
کوئ چار پهوُل چَڑهاے
کوئ آکے شَمَحِ جَلاے کیوُں
مَیں وه بَیسی کا مَزار هُوں

IV
I sing no song the soul to quicken.
Why to me should anyone hearken?
I am the cry of a great abyss,
I am the call of a bitter angst.

مَیں نَهیِں هُوں نَغمَه جانفِزا
مُجهے سُن کے کویُ کَرے گا کِیا
مَیں بَڑے بِروگ کی هُوں صَدا
مَیں بَڑے دُکهی کی پُکار هُوں

V
Neither anyone’s lover is Zafar,
Nor anyone’s rival is Zafar ;
That which has been doomed is my Fate –
I am that land left sere and desolate.

نَه ظَفَر کِسی کا حبَیِب هُوں
نَه ظَفَر کِسی کا رقیِب هُوں
جو بِگڑ گِیا وَه نَصِیب هُوں
جو اَجڑ گِیا وَه دِیار هُوں

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