Saturday Poem

Two Voices

Poet to Friend

If I believed
My caring would relieve your pain
I would be by you forever
But I know
My sympathy is in vain
I do not have the cure you need
Only you can heal yourself
Only you

Friend to Poet

If I believed
There were a cure
Would I ask you
To be by me forever
Is it possible I seek
Something else altogether
Only you can think that through
Only you

by Anjum Altaf
More Transgressions
LG Publishers, Delhi, 2021

mire hamdam mire dost.
Translations in Shiv Kumar, Victor Kierman