Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Amrita Pritam ( ) Punjabi Poet

Ode to Waris Shah

Today I ask Waris Shah to speak up from his grave,
And in his book of love add another page.

Once a daughter of Punjab wept and he wrote tirelessly for her
Today thousands of daughters weep all calling Waris Shah.

O soother of the stricken, arise and see your Punjab!
Corpses are everywhere, the blood is flowing in Chenab!

Someone put poison in the waters of five rivers,
The rivers in turn fed the fields there.

Where once they heard love songs, the flute is lost,
To all Ranjha’s brothers, the art of playing flute is lost.

Rains of blood came, the blood seeped from graves,
The princesses of love cried out from graves.

Today they’re all like Qaidoo now, thieves of beauty and love,
Where can we find another Waris Shah once more?

Today I ask Waris Shah to speak up from his grave,
And in his book of love add another page.

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