“dasht-e-tanhaai mein” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

In the desert of my solitude, oh love of my life, quiver
the shadows of your voice,
the mirage of your lips

In the desert of my solitude,
beneath the dust and ashes of distance
bloom the jasmines and roses of your proximity

From somewhere very close,
rises the warmth of your breath
smouldering in its own aroma,
slowly, bit by bit.

far away, across the horizon, glistens
drop by drop
the falling dew of your beguiling glance

With such tenderness, O love of my life,
on the cheek of my heart,
has your memory placed its hand right now

that it looks as if
(though it’s still the dawn of adieu)
the sun of separation has set
and the night of union has arrived.

Note: Translated into English by Ayesha Khanna.

dasht-e-tanhaai mein, ai jaan-e-jahaan, larzaan hain
teri avaaz ke saaye,
tere honthon ke saraab

dasht-e-tanhaai mein,
duri ke khas-o-khaak tale
khil rahe hain tere pehlu ke saman aur gulaab

uht rahi hai kahin qurbat se
teri saans ki aanch
apani khushbuu mein sulagti hui
maddham maddham

dur ufaq par chamakati hui
qatra qatra
gir rahi hai teri dil daar nazar ki shabnam

is qadar pyaar se hai jaan-e jahaan rakkhaa hai
dil ke rukhsaar pe
is vaqt teri yaad ne haath

yun guman hota hai
garche hai abhi subah-e-firaaq
dhal gaya hijr ka din
aa bhi gaye vasl ki raat


3 thoughts on ““dasht-e-tanhaai mein” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

  1. everlasting, a very deep, nd so much touching poem . . . I do not have enough words to describe it . . . Love it .

  2. this is the by far the best translation that does justice to this poem, absolutely loved it! thank you for sharing

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