‘Bol’- Speak up!

Your words are free.
Speak up!
Your tongue is still your own.
Your body remains yours
ramrod, erect.
Speak out!
Your life is still your own.

Look!
How in your smithy’s forge
flames soar;
iron glows red.
How the locks
have opened yaws
and every chain
spreads out, unlinked.

The short time left to you
is still enough.
Speak up!
Before the body
and its tongue give out.
Speak out!
For truth still survives
Speak out!
Say whatever you have to say!

~ Comrade Faiz Ahmed Faiz ~
[13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984]

‘Bol’- Speak up! Translated by © Mustansir Dalvi

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