There Was a Time When I Loved Alone

by Noshi Gillani

There was a time when I loved alone
Without dream or friend

There was a time when your love was untrue
When I endured such torment that

I don't remember anything now but
There was a river ... or a villa ...

You confused my heart so much
That love shrank to a riddle

Yet had I been the slightest bit disloyal
You would almost have taken my life

Time is like the snakes
Devouring jasmine in my courtyard

Who can I tell, this sad evening
How bright the line of fate once was on my hand?

The literal translation of this poem was made by Nukhbah Langah

The final translated version of the poem is by Lavinia Greenlaw

Comments

  1. January 1st, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hina says:

    Thank you for this lovely poem. The translation is good too. suggest Urdu recitation be done with better pronunciation.