The Father's Day

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 were…

I am a father
Well, I am
It is the father's day
But I do not know
It is for me,
I feel the same
As it is every day
Standing at the window
All alone, looking outside
The traffic on the Street
And people
Sometimes noisy
Sometimes silent
Or looking to the sky
Sometimes cloudy
Sometimes the rain
Or cooking and eating
Reading and listening, the music
Sometimes children call
How am I,
I smile and say, fine
I know only that
No one comes, nobody goes
Every day is a father's day
Or none of that exists anywhere.