The Wave Of River
Ayn-e-Hasti Hai Tarap Soorat-e-Seemab Mujhe
My restless heart doth never keep me still:
This inner core of me is mercury.
Ho Na Zanjeer Kabhi Halqa-e-Gardab Mujhe
They call me wave. The ocean is my goal.
No chain of whirling eddy holdeth me.
Khar-e-Mahi Se Na Atka Kabhi Daman Mera
My steed like air upon the water rides.
My garment’s hem on thorn of fish e’er tore,
Josh Mein Sar Ko Patakti Hun Kabhi Sahil Se
When moon is full sometimes I leap all fey;
Sometimes all mad I dash my head on shore.
Kyun Tarapti Hun, Ye Puche Koi Mere Dil Se
I am the pilgrim loving journey’s stage.
Why am I restless? If my heart make quest.
Wusaat-e-Behr Ki Furqat Mein Preshan Hun Main
I flee from the cramped torment of the stream,
Away from the sea’s wide spaces, all distressed.