Don’t look at me so lovingly
In the soft shadow of your eyelashes
Moonlight looks like drowning
And I’ve to go a long way.
The desert’s sand is burning,
the blisters on my soles
flare up like cinders.
This look of love may last or vanish
Who look of love may last or vanish
Who keeps burning in the desert of fidelity?
Your heart may bear in mind or may forget
Don’t look at me so lovingly.
Ali Sardar Jafri was a prolific and versatile Urdu writer from India. ‘A Poem’ is an English translation of one of his wonderful creation in Urdu language. This poem expresses the emotions of a lover who is about to part from his beloved. He is very sad about the fact that he might not be able to meet her again. He is not sure if she would remember him or forget him.