Says Rahim

Says Rahim do not snap ever
the thread of love
once broken, it does not unite
if it does, knots appear.

  Says Rahim do not spurn the trivial
  seeing the weighty
  when you need a sewing needle
  of what use a sword.

Says Rahim keep your sorrow
to your own heart
others will taunt you
none willing to share.

  Says Rahim a man with no education
  wisdom, religion and generosity
  an animal without a tail or horns
  futile is his birth in this world.

Says Rahim pleased I am not
being offered ambrosia without respect
better to die with dignity
drinking poison.

  Says Rahim a dilemma indeed
  when you speak out the truth
  worldly ties break
  with lies you don't ever reach God.

Says Rahim the sun rises with glowing rays
it sets with equal grace
so does a good man
living through ups and downs.

  Body, a paper toy
  turns into pulp in a trice
  strange, so says Rahim
  yet filled with much pride.

How will the weak ever live
fighting the strong?
Says Rahim like being at war
with the crocodile while in water.

  A tree does not eat its own fruits
  no pond drinks up its own water
  a good man saves for others' needs
  so says Rahim.

Blessed is the love the fish has for water
lifeless without it
says Rahim a bumble bee is different
hopping flower to flower.

  Blessed is the swamp
  insects thrive on
  says Rahim so vast the sea
  yet everyone comes away thirsty.

Says Rahim my Lord's image is embedded in my eyes
there is place for none else
like a traveller turning away
from a full caravanserai.

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Abdul Rahim Khan-I-khana

Khanzada Mirza Khan Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana, also known as Rahim was a poet who lived during the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar. more…

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