At The Tomb of Shah Abdul Latif at Bhit Shah

(Shah Abdul Larif was a 17th century mystic considered a saint. Among other things, he collected Sindhi folk stories and wrote them down and put them to music.)

Once again

A man of the world

Angry, anguished and frustrated

Has come to love’s destination

There is ugliness around me here –

So much discord

In colour, architecture and environment

Superstition, hypocracy and commerce

Are with it hand in hand

Yet this dust is sacred

As I too wish to loose myself in the pain of men

For I cannot fight its causes

But unlike him

I have no faith

In the will of God

Or in the goodness of fellow beings


Bhit Shah, March 1981

One Comment

  1. A poignant slip of poetry that captures the disillusionment of all who believed in an brighter tomorrow. But we should learn from the great Sufis that idealism and hope and love can ignite tangible change. A pluralistic, democratic and egalitarian Pakistan is possible.

    Posted December 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | PermalinkReply

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