Shiv Kumar Batalvi

(23 July 1936 - 7 May 1973 / Punjab / British India)

MaeN Kal NaheeN Rahina


Listen, O my life,
I will not be here tomorrow.
Tonight, let us clutch a song tightly,
And claim its kiss.
Listen, O my life
I will not be here tomorrow.

The moonlight will not flower tomorrow,
Nor will bloom the champak.
Perfumes will not roam the garden
With uncovered head.
Nor like today
Will yielding branches
Bend to touch the earth,
Listen, O my life
I will not be here tomorrow.

The cranes will have scattered,
Flown far away.
By tomorrow, time, like a husband,
Will have carried off my pain.
No longer will flowers lie like jewels
Around the throat
Of the season tomorrow.
Listen, O my life
I will not be here tomorrow.

By daybreak the footprints on paths
Will not be traceable.
No longer will my songs sew a robe
True to separation.
Never will tears collect like this again,
Beneath the shadows of the past.
Listen, O my life
I will not be here tomorrow.

Not, like today, will we sit together again
You and I.
Not, like this, will will the sun rise tomorrow,
Nor, like this, will it set.
The bird of time
Will have collected
Every single grain of my breath.
Listen, O my life.
I will not be here tomorrow.
Tonight let us clutch a song tightly
And claim its kiss.

Submitted: Monday, March 26, 2012

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (MaeN Kal NaheeN Rahina by Shiv Kumar Batalvi )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. THE MIND OF POET, kashif khan
  2. Spiritually Bound, Michael McParland
  3. Sky is red, Aftab Alam
  4. Musings., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  5. TRUST, maharshi trivedi
  6. Alone in December, James Anthony Creamer
  7. Mind Albums, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. A Nerd's Way of Thinking, James Anthony Creamer
  9. Need, Akhtar Jawad
  10. A Poem for You, James Anthony Creamer

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Bright Star, John Keats
  10. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]