Poetry in Translation


after Iqbal

Unveil your face
A star is witness

Stop flickering

How long will you beg like Moses on the mountain?
Fan the flame within you

Create a new Mecca with every speck of your embers
Rid yourself of idolatry

Observe the limits in this temple
Even if you want to boast

First create the confidence of Alexander
Then lust after the splendor of Darius


By Rafiq Kathwari. His new collection of poems, My Mother’s Scribe, is available here  and  here.