“I have a thousand desires, all desires worth dying for
Though many of my desires were fulfilled, majority remained unfulfilled.
We had heard of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise
With great disgrace I came out of your street.
In love there is no difference between life and death
I live to see her, the one, over who I die.
For God's sake, don't lift the cover off any secrets you tyrant
the infidel might turn out to be my lover!
The preacher and the bar's entrance are way apart, Ghalib
yet I saw him entering the bar as I was leaving!” .
I’ve always admired Mirza Ghalib’s poetry, he’s one of my favourite poets but what amazes me most is his thought process. He could write thoughts that are so conflicting yet true with so much ease. At times, I wish I was born in that era so that I could see him reciting his couplets.
But then, I wonder if I would be happy? Somehow we appreciate things more when they’re gone. We cherish and celebrate people more, after they’ve passed away, unfortunately. These lines also make me wonder, if we have the same depth in love and life today? May be we have, may be there are poets that feel so deeply and the coming generation would acknowledge it, as we now appreciate and realise what a great poet Mirza Ghalib was.
This could come across as slightly confusing to some of you, but isn’t it true? We value more when something is gone from our lives. .
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