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05. Jun 2006

How difficult is the thorny way of strife

     How difficult is the thorny way of strife
     That man hath stumbled in since time began,
     And in the tangled business of this life
     How difficult to play the part of man.

     When She decrees there should exist no more
     My humble cottage, through its broken walls,
     And cruelly drifting in the open door,
     The frozen rain of desolation falls.

     O mad Desire, why dost thou flame and burn
     And bear my Soul further and further yet
     To the Belovéd; then, why dost thou turn
     To bitter disappointment and regret?

     Such light there gleams from the Belovéd's face
     That every eye becomes her worshipper,
     And every mirror, looking on her grace,
     Desires to be the frame enclosing her.

     Unhappy lovers, slaves of cruel chance,
     In this grim place of slaughter strange indeed
     Your joy to see unveiled her haughty glance
     That flashes like the scimitar of Ede.

     When I had hardly drawn my latest breath,
     Pardon she asked for killing me. Alas,
     How soon repentance followed on my death,
     How quick her unavailing sorrow was!

Mirza Ghalib (1797 — 1869)