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I Have Seen Words | لفظ کو دیکھا ہے مَیں نے

1 October 2016

Translated from the Urdu to the English by Gopika Jadeja

I have seen words in the rain
Retreating into the jute shelter
In the queue for kerosene
Withering in the eyes of
Unhappy children.
Standing empty stomach
Drinking tea out of a broken cup
Next to a dead buffalo
I have seen words in a temple
In innocent Yellamma’s heart
I have seen words crying in bloody tears
In the scream of a whip on the back
I have seen words
Walking away in exile from themselves
Hating themselves
I have seen words

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