When the wounds of your memory begin to heal
I find some excuse to think of you.
No sooner do Love's proclamations blossom,
then tresses are arranged in every house.
Every stranger I pass seems like an ally
even now, going past your street.
Exiles speak to the wind of their lost country
and the eyes of the morning brim with tears.
Each time she stitches a voice to her lips
the air is scattered with another song.
Darkness seals the door of the prison
then the stars, Faiz, descend in the heart.
- Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Tumhari yaad ke jab zakhm bharne lagte hain
Kisi bahaane tumhe yaad karne lagte hain
Hadeese-yaar ke unvan nikharne lagte hain
To har hareem mein gesoo savarne lagte hain
Har ajnabi hume mehram dikhayi deta hai
Jo ab bhi teri gali se guzarne lagte hain
Saba se karte hain gurbat-naseeb zikr-e-vatan
To chashm-e-subah mein aansoon ubharne lagte hain
Voh jab bhi karte hain is nutko-lab ki bakhiyagiri
Fazaa mein aur bhi nagme bikharne lagte hain
Dare-kaphas pe andhere ki muhar lagti hai
To 'Faiz' dil mein sitare utarne lagte hain.
Translations, translations everywhere. Here's another attempt of mine at translating Faiz (I'm thinking of making a habit of this, btw). And there's the translation issue of Poetry, some of which is decidedly lacklustre, but also includes this gem from Rilke, and this translation of Vallejo by Don Paterson, to mention just two.