An Atheist's Prayer : His Confession
When I heard that even the sun has death,
And numerous celestial spheres' fate lies in death,
That very moment I realized this sky is full of mystery;
That very moment I thought this life a moment's song.
The alarmed mind stood still searching for time's definition;
I thought over those who rotate on their remote orbits,
Those numberless fire-flies moving with sparks of life
How easily will disappear in the forest of time.
This strange mysterious signal of time
(The more I thought over this the more vacant was my mind,)
The dark domain of death is real like life
And has raised unknown fear at the face of all doubts,
The cadence of silent music and then fled away
Towards the deep void above the silent prayer of the atheist.
[Translated by Abdur Rashid Khan]
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