Monday, March 31, 2014

Nothing remains where Love has put its tent - Translation of a Farid Poem

Ishk de mehkame gayaa main ik din
I went to love's abode one day

Agon ishk neh meri badeyai thag lai
And love stole my greatness

Main gayaa si ishk to daad laine
I had gone to get grace from love

Agon ishk ne meri danai thag lai
And love stole all my gifts

Aes ishk ne bade bade thag lae
You the difference between love and fire
Ishk da sek vadheraa
I say Love's heat is greater

Ag te saade katke kaane
Fire burns dried pieces of wood
Ishk saade tan meraa
This love has burned my body

Ag da daru mee te paani
Fire's medicine is rain and water
Ishk da daaru keda?
What is medicine for love?

Yaar farid uthe Kakh naa rehnda
Says Farid, nothing remains there
Kithe ishk me layaa deraa
where love has put its tent

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan singing this poem (in the beginning):