To Catch Butterflies

by Noshi Gillani

I once thought it easy
To seize fragrance
To capture the evenings of monsoon
While sitting at home
To clutch starlight in my hand

I once thought it easy
To seize fragrance
To light the flower that is my courtyard
With the whisper of fireflies
To hold his memory in my dreaming eyes
Like roses cast upon a lake
I had thought it easy . . .

How I fooled myself! How could it happen?
‘To catch butterflies, you have to go far enough.’

The literal translation of this poem was made by Nukhbah Langah

The final translated version of the poem is by Lavinia Greenlaw

Comments

  1. October 9th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Prof Mujeeb Zafar Anwar Hameedi says:

    nice poem ... Boht khoob Noshi ....nice work.

    Good skills always show themselve

    Prof Dr Syed Mujeeb Zafar Anwar Hameedi