Self-Imposed Punishment

Ehsan Sehgal is a Pakistani-Dutch poet and writer. He moved to the Netherlands in 1978 to avoid persecution during the General Zia era in Pakistan and has lived in the Netherlands since. Ehsan Sehgal began his literary career in 1967. His first publication was a novel, but his consequent books wer…

When I was invisible
They praised
And admired me
And all my writing works
In their comments
When my identity was visible
They noticed
That I was not native
As they were
They even turned their faces
As they did not know me
As I was nothing
I felt and saw
Their real character
I just smiled
At all the colours and styles
Of the discrimination
I walked ahead
With no regret
Since you cannot regret
Any nature of the people
That's their destiny
The destiny
Of self-imposed punishment
On oneself to ablaze heart, mind
And soul of self-entity
It is Divine justice
No one can surpass that.