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Author: FAIZ, FAIZ AHMED
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Faiz, Faiz Ahmed    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Faiz, Faiz Ahmad
84 poems available by this author


A PRISON DAYBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Night wasn't over / when the moon stood beside my bed
Last Line: Into each other's arms
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


A PRISON EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Each star a rung
Last Line: If just one moment anywhere on this earth
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


AN EVENING IN PRISON    Poem Text    
First Line: From intricate clustera of stars
Last Line: Snuff out the moon!
Subject(s): Human Rights; Love - Loss Of; Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


ANY LOVER TO ANY BELOVED       
First Line: Today, if the breath of breeze
Last Line: If you care to, of course you may say it, %or not, as the case may be


AUG-52       
First Line: It's still distant, but there are hints of springtime
Last Line: Your feet bleed, faiz, something surely will bloom %as you water the desert simply by walking throug


BANGLA DESH: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The festival of massacre: how make it vivid?
Last Line: So beware. Because my heart is thirsting for blood.
Subject(s): Bangladesh; Blood; Bodies; Violence


BANGLA DESH: 2. THE BLOOD IN MY EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Layer by layer, the dust of bitterness
Last Line: Will be cleansed of blood forever.
Subject(s): Bangladesh; Blood; Eyes; Healing; Tears; Cures


BANGLA DESH: 3. REVISITED AFTER THE HOLOCUAST, 1973    Poem Text    
First Line: We who are strangers now, after our years of easy friendship
Last Line: After everything else had been said.
Subject(s): Bangladesh; Friendship; Reconciliation


BE NEAR ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Be near me now,
Subject(s): Love


BE NEAR ME       
First Line: You who demolish me, you whom I love
Last Line: Be near me, my destroyer, my lover, %be near me


BE NEAR ME       
First Line: Be near me now


BEFORE YOU CAME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Inanimate Objects


BEFORE YOU CAME       
First Line: Before you came, %things were as they should be
Last Line: The road a road, %and the glass of wine not a mirror, just a glass of wine


BEFORE YOU CAME       
First Line: Before you came things were just what they were
Last Line: The glass of wine, as it should be, the glass of wine


BLACK OUT       
First Line: Ever since the lights failed
Last Line: I will then begin a new translation of hope. %I will complete the texts of love


BLACKOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: Since our lights were extinguished
Subject(s): India - Pakistan (relations)


BLACKOUT       
First Line: Since our lights were extinguished
Last Line: My epistles of love


CITY FROM HERE       
First Line: When you look at the city from here
Last Line: Whether the color clinging to those distant doors and walls %is that of roses or of blood


CITY OF LIGHTS       
First Line: On each patch of green, from one shade to the next
Last Line: So that I may find you, oh city, %my city of many lights


DAY DEATH COMES       
First Line: How will death come?


DEDICATION       
First Line: Abacus of suffering - %frost-edged fields
Last Line: That will not last %through the night


DESIRE       
First Line: I have certainly %no faith in miracles, yet I long
Last Line: To return, in that final direction, %forever


DO NOT ASK OF ME, MY LOVE       
Last Line: That love I once had for you!


DON'T ASK ME FOR THAT LOVE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: That which then was ours, my love
Last Line: Donít ask me, my love, for that love again
Subject(s): Love


DON'T ASK ME FOR THAT LOVE AGAIN       
First Line: That which then was ours, my love
Last Line: Comforts other than love. %don't ask me, my love, for that love again
Subject(s): Love


ELEGY FOR HASSAN NASIR; KILLED BY TORTURE IN THE LAHORE FORT, 1959    Poem Text    
First Line: Today, all at once, when the thread of my vision snapped
Last Line: The cry heard again on the lips of the saqi, when I am gone.
Subject(s): Grief; Lahore, Pakistan; Torture; Sorrow; Sadness


EVENING       
First Line: The trees are dark ruins of temples
Last Line: And a beautiful, dark goddess, %her anklets echoing, may unveil herself


EVENING IN ASHKABAAD       
First Line: When the sun, %just as it was leaving
Last Line: And on the blue horizon of this city %the evening burned itself completely to ash


FRAGRANT HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: A strange arrangement to comfort the heart
Last Line: Except love, but only when it begins
Subject(s): Flowers; Hafez (1326-1390); Prisons & Prisoners; Smells; Hafiz (1326-139); Convicts; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


FRAGRANT HANDS       
First Line: A strange arrangement to comfort the heart
Last Line: Nothing in this world is without terrible barriers- %except love, but only when it begins.'
Subject(s): Flowers; Hafez (1326-1390); Prisons And Prisoners; Smells


GHAZAL: 1       
First Line: You haven't come %I've spent the night waiting
Last Line: The breeze passed %a restless wind through the cages


GHAZAL: 2       
First Line: The heart a desecrated temple
Last Line: Already my memory is beginning to blur %at any moment I may forget her


GHAZAL: 3       
First Line: In the sun's last embers, the evening star burns to ash
Last Line: Once again the breeze knocks on the priosn door. %it whispers, don't give up, wait a little, dawn is


GHAZAL: 4       
First Line: We all were killed
Last Line: Its custom to announce thus %that it will surely come


GHAZAL: 5       
First Line: Ask no more about separation
Last Line: And where on those last miles %the dawn?


GHAZAL: 6       
First Line: Let the breeze pour colors
Last Line: You climbed the steps to the gallows %lost yourself in the hangman's arms


GHAZAL: 7       
First Line: Your sorrow is in search of someone
Last Line: Those once proud to be accused of love %they all have vanished


GHAZAL: 8       
First Line: He bet both this life and the next
Last Line: Oh faiz how it broke once again %into hopeless longing


HEART GIVES UP       
First Line: Such was its pain that night
Last Line: Something told me, 'linger, don't leave,' %but the heart didn't waver, it didn't wish to stay


HOUR OF FAITHLESSNESS       
First Line: In a little while the moon will be in


IF I WERE CERTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were certain, o my dear companion
Last Line: Except yourself, except yourself, except yourself.
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


IN SEARCH OF VANISHED BLOOD       
First Line: There's no sign of blood, not anywhere
Last Line: From the beginning this blood was nourished only by dust. %then it turned to ashes, left no trace, b


INTRODUCTION       
First Line: Someday perhaps, the poem
Last Line: That is an abandoned heart on the verge %will pierce you with its living vein


IT IS SPRING AGAIN       
First Line: It is spring. And the ledger is opened again
Last Line: And spring has come once again asking %the same questions, reopening account after account


LAST NIGHT       
First Line: At night my lost memory of you returned
Last Line: I was like the dying patient %who, for no reason, smiles


LET ME THINK       
First Line: Let me think %just for a while
Last Line: So don't question me about the heart. %just let me think


MY VISITORS       
First Line: The door of my sorrowing house opens against its will
Last Line: Fears, questions, forebodings


NO SIGN OF BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Nowhere, nowhere is there any trace of blood
Last Line: Blood that in the end became the nourishment for dust
Subject(s): Blood


NO SIGN OF BLOOD       
First Line: Nowhere, nowhere is there any trace of blood
Last Line: Blood that in the end became the nourishment for dust
Subject(s): Blood


NO TRACE OF BLOOD       
First Line: There's no sign of blood, not anywhere
Last Line: Had been nourished only by dust. %in the end, still crying, it hid itself in dust


ON MY RETURN FROM DHAKA (BANGLADESH 3.)       
First Line: After those many encounters, that easy intimacy
Last Line: Those healing words remained unspoken after all else had %been said


ONCE AGAIN THE MIND       
First Line: Today, as usual, the mind goes hunting for a word
Last Line: Even a scream of anguish, %or the last trump crying the hou r of doom


PARIS       
First Line: It is like this: the day declines


POEM       
First Line: You who wear shirts
Last Line: Of wounds, %some roses may also


PRISON DAYBREAK       
First Line: Night wasn't over %when the moon stood beside my bed
Last Line: With burning arrows, ready to pierce %these tyrant hearts of stone and steel
Subject(s): Prisons And Prisoners


PRISON DAYBREAK       
First Line: Though it was still night
Last Line: Ready to let them fly


PRISON EVENING       
First Line: Each star a rung
Last Line: Can be so strangely sweet, %if just one moment anywhere on this earth
Subject(s): Prisons And Prisoners


PRISON NIGHTFALL       
First Line: The night descends
Last Line: They cannot blind the moon!
Subject(s): Human Rights; Love - Loss Of; Prisons And Prisoners


SO BRING THE ORDER FOR MY EXECUTION       
First Line: The day of judgment is here
Last Line: I must see with whose seals the margins are stamped, %recognize the signatures on the scroll


SOLITARY CONFINEMENT       
First Line: Wave of light on the horizon
Last Line: To this planet %and to the beauty of woman


SOLITUDE       
First Line: Someone, finally, is here! No, unhappy heart, no one
Last Line: Tell every dream that knocks to go away. %no one, now no one will ever return


SOUTHERN GHAZAL       
First Line: What, sometime, did not pass before these eyes?
Last Line: Of a glance, worlds passed by at the lifting of these eyes


STAY AWAY FROM ME (BANGLADESH 1.)       
First Line: How can I embellish this carnival of slaughter
Last Line: The dust of my seaared soul. %so stay away from me. Because I'm thirsting for blood


STAY AWAY FROM ME (BANGLADESH 2.)       
First Line: This is how my sorrow became visible
Last Line: A flood to purify my dust-filled eyes, %to wash this blood forever from my eyes


THE EVENING STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: In sunset ash the evening star has burnt out its light


THE TYRANT    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the festival; we will inter hope
Last Line: Will cover you with dust and ashes
Subject(s): Religion; Tyranny & Tyrants; Theology


TRAVELOGUE       
First Line: No drum will roll now; morning will not bring


TWO ELEGIES: 1. APPOINTMENTS       
First Line: The walls, each inch of them, have turned black
Last Line: My enemy who erases sorrows like a friend, %my murderer who's also my lover


TWO ELEGIES: 2. THE RAIN OF STONES IS FINISHED       
First Line: Today as I stared, suddenly a string snapped
Last Line: That is blood and poison? Who? %this is the cry in the tavern after I'm gone


TYRANT       
First Line: This is the festival; we will inter hope
Last Line: Every gate of prayer throughout heaven %is slammed shut today
Subject(s): Religion


TYRANT       
First Line: Come, let us rejoice!
Last Line: And in heaven the gates of sanctity have been sealed
Subject(s): Muslims


VICTIM       
First Line: Night is the harbinger of pain
Last Line: Or should I believe you?
Subject(s): Muslims


VISITORS       
First Line: My doors are open
Last Line: Bruised, bleeding-- %my land, my home


VISTA    Poem Text    
First Line: Deserted street, shadows of trees and houses
Last Line: More, yet more softly
Subject(s): Love


VISTA       
First Line: Deserted street, shadows of trees and houses
Last Line: The moon, breathing as it went down, said, %'more, yet more softly.'
Subject(s): Love


VOICE FROM THE UNKNOWN       
First Line: Warn all in authority
Last Line: Here and now will be the day of judgement
Subject(s): Muslims


WASH THE BLOOD OFF YOUR FEET       
First Line: What could I have done, gone where?
Last Line: Break open into a thousand different wounds. %it still has to know knife after knife after knife


WE WERE COMMANDED BY THIS HEART       
First Line: When blood running wild through the veins
Last Line: It is prepared for terifying agonies, %and adamant against the comfort of death


WE WHO WERE EXECUTED    Poem Text    
First Line: I longed for your lips, dreamed of their roses
Last Line: We who were murdered in the darkest lanes
Subject(s): Longing; Revolutions


WE WHO WERE EXECUTED       
First Line: I longed for your lips, dreamed of their roses
Last Line: It's because of them that we went out to make the world our own, %we who were murdered in the darkes
Subject(s): Longing; Revolutions


WHEN AUTUMN CAME    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the way that autumn came to the trees:
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


WHEN AUTUMN CAME       
First Line: This is the way that autumn came to the trees
Last Line: Let one bird sing


YOU TELL US WHAT TO DO    Poem Text    
First Line: When we launched life


YOU TELL US WHAT TO DO       
First Line: When we launched life
Last Line: Now tell us what we should do, %you tell us how to heal these wounds