A Song Of Prisoner

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 had a small bird
In a beautiful cage,
Placed near a window
It sang each morning
In a sweet and a lovely chatter
It was a prisoner
Each day,
The birds attempted to fly
In the cage
Seeing other birds flying open
It chattered loudly
It failed,
Knowing not, it was a prisoner
Whenever I saw that
A thought entered my mind,
For comparison with the bird
As I was also an alien
From another part of the world
The natural one
I also had a beautiful
Decorated, and designed home,
even that
I felt the grief and sorrows
If I saw a flight
Flying over the sky
A feeling touched heart and mind
I was also a prisoner
In the cage of Euros
We both were living
Without the life of nature
And unmatched.

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