Faiz Ahmed Faiz

(13 February 1911 - 20 November 1984 / Sialkot / British India)

Be Near Me - Poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Be near me now,
My tormenter, my love, be near me—
At this hour when night comes down,
When, having drunk from the gash of sunset, darkness comes
With the balm of musk in its hands, its diamond lancets,
When it comes with cries of lamentation,
with laughter with songs;
Its blue-gray anklets of pain clinking with every step.
At this hour when hearts, deep in their hiding places,
Have begun to hope once more, when they start their vigil
For hands still enfolded in sleeves;
When wine being poured makes the sound
of inconsolable children
who, though you try with all your heart,
cannot be soothed.
When whatever you want to do cannot be done,
When nothing is of any use;
—At this hour when night comes down,
When night comes, dragging its long face,
dressed in mourning,
Be with me,
My tormenter, my love, be near me.


Comments about Be Near Me by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

  • Kevin Patrick (12/7/2015 10:38:00 PM)

    Rich and lushes possessed with breathtaking imagery. A wonderfully Romantic work that is enchanting. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (12/7/2015 3:31:00 PM)

    This is luscious- it has every taste from bitter to sweet and every touch from sensual to strong. Everyone should be so tormented. (Report) Reply

  • Oladehinde Temitayo Oladehinde Temitayo (12/7/2015 2:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful one from beautiful you (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/7/2015 2:22:00 PM)

    Easy to understand how someone can be both a tormenter and a love at the same time.
    Very enjoyable poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dinda Khairani Dinda Khairani (12/7/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    I wish I could say this to someone that I love.
    Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (12/7/2015 7:01:00 AM)

    Lamentation! ! But, bring your true love nearer to my side. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda Anil Kumar Panda (12/7/2015 6:49:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poetry! ! Like to read again again. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/7/2015 5:48:00 AM)

    ''My tormenter, my love, be near me..''

    we need love even when it gives us a lot of suffering.. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/7/2015 4:55:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem by a master poet, to enjoy this poem one should read in Urdu language..... (Report) Reply

    John Pendrey John Pendrey (12/7/2015 9:58:00 AM)

    I am still not sure if the love is the night?

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/7/2015 3:13:00 AM)

    'At this hour when night comes down,
    When, having drunk from the gash of sunset, darkness comes
    With the balm of musk in its hands, its diamond lancets,
    When it comes with cries of lamentation,
    with laughter with songs;
    Its blue-gray anklets of pain clinking with every step.
    At this hour when hearts, deep in their hiding places,
    Have begun to hope once more, when they start their vigil....

    —At this hour when night comes down,
    When night comes, dragging its long face,
    dressed in mourning, '

    what a brilliant song of lamentation, painfully beautiful in exquisite descriptions of nature life pain in aged fading body, life about to be relinquished enfolded with the lines

    'Be near me now,
    My tormenter, my love, be near me—' at the beginning of the poem written almost as a plea, a last request and

    'Be near me now,
    My tormenter, my love, be near me.' Finished with the finality of a full stop, line is over, ceased, terminated, period! (Report) Reply

  • Khalida Bano Ali (12/7/2015 12:40:00 AM)

    What a lovely poem! ........................................ (Report) Reply

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