Shaili Beti Ke Nam

tujhe jab bhi koi dukh de

is dukh ka naam beti rakhna

jab mere safed baal

tere galon pe aan hansen ro lena

mere khvab ke dukh pe so lena

jin kheton ko abhi ugna hai

in kheton men

main dekhti huun teri angiya bhi

For Sheli, My Daughter

bas pahli baar Dari beti

main kitni baar Dari beti

abhi pedon men chhupe tere kaman hain beti

mera janm to hai beti

aur tera janm teri beti

Whenever anyone causes you sorrow,

name that sorrow-daughter.

When my white hair

falls over your cheeks

and laughs at you,

cry.

Sleep on the sorrow of my dream.

there are fields that have yet to grow–

in those fields

I see

your underthings too.

Well, I fear

for the first time, daughter

how many times

did I know fear, daughter

right now among the trees lurk

arrows for you, daughter

You are my birth, daughter

and your birth—your daughter.

In my longing to bathe you

my fingers oozed blood.

tujhe nahlane ki khvahish men

meri poren khuun thokti hain

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