Free Verse | Tabish Khair

Free Verse | Tabish Khair

Why should my plaint immured in hall and hearth

Why should my plaint immured in hall and hearth

Distract the garden’s birds from songs of mirth?

The point of faith is constancy; bury

The priest of idols in Kaaba’s earth.

Not robbed in daytime, would I have slept at night?

I bless the thief for leaving nothing of worth

I can compose, why should I dive for pearls?

I have a heart, why root about it earth?

Excerpted from the section Stone: Ghalib Speaks in Tongues in the collection Man of Glass (HarperCollins India, 84 pages, 199)

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