He was, when it was aught

Mirza Ghalib 1797 (Kala Mahal) – 1869 (Chandni Chowk, Delhi)

He was, when it was aught
He would still be, even if it might have been naught
Drowned I am in my ego
What would have happened if 'I' was not
Laden with distraught and feeling apathetic
do I have to worry about the head being severed
If it did not severe from the body
The head would have simply reposed on the lap
It has been ages that 'Ghalib' died
Yet the memories linger on
His saying this on every occasion
If it was 'like this' then what it would be!

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Mirza Ghalib

Ghalib born Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan was a prominent Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. more…

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