This Was Not to Be My Fate...


Grief wastes our life away, and yet—
how shall we flee the heart within us?
Had we not known the grief of love,
we would have known the grief living

With what style you handle, Ghalib,
all these themes of mystic teaching!
What a saint we would have thought you
if you had not been a drinker!

Last updated June 29, 2015