Be afraid of poets

Poet: Zeeshan Sahil


Be afraid of poets –

they have a hand-grenade

made of dreams

If you bully them too much

they will throw it against the wall

If you try to snatch it

they will toss it in water

Whatever they possess

they will not let you take it

If you gather together and come as a crowd

even then

they have the sky in their possession

They will bring an army of clouds and drown you

The earth is theirs, they

will not let you get away anywhere

They have a boat

They will sit you down and take you

and leave you on some island

When you will live among birds you will forget everything

the face of the poets and your own face too

When they come back to get you

perhaps you will put the birds forward 


Translated by Nauman Naqvi