MU‘TAMID’S LAMENT IN PRISON
Mu‘tamid was the king of Seville and an Arabic poet. He was defeated and imprisoned by a ruler of Spain. Mu‘tamid’s poems have been translated into English and published in the Wisdom of the East series.
Souz Bhi Rukhsat Huwa, Jati Rahi Taseer Bhi
In my breast, A wail of grief, without any spark or flash, alone survives,
Main Pasheman Hun, Pasheman Hai Meri Tadbeer Bhi
A free man is in prison today, without a spear or a sword;
Regret overwhelms me and also my strategy.
Thi Issi Foulad Se Shaid Meri Shamsheer Bhi
My heart Is drawn by instinct to chains.
Perhaps my sword was of the same steel.
Shoukh-o-Be Parwa Hai Kitna Khaliq-e-Taqdeer Bhi !
Once I had a two‐edged sword– It turned into the chains that shackle me now.
How whimsical and indifferent is the Author of fates.