There Was a Heart that Burnt Out: Light

by Noshi Gillani

There was a heart that burnt out: light
Light O god, O god light

Flower, perfume, stars, breeze: light
These are your names, no matter how we shape you

When afternoon rose on the evening's horizon
Who was it in my heart who said: light

Now there is no point in adorning the stars
The season of meeting him is gone: light

Dawn broke on a dream in which
I wrote simply by looking: light

The two curses we are trapped between:
How we live in darkness, how we imagine: light

The literal translation of this poem was made by Nukhbah Langah

The final translated version of the poem is by Lavinia Greenlaw


  1. June 8th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Jovelyn says:

    heart stoppingly beautiful! than you

  2. July 11th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    tania says:

    can we hear people reciting these wonderful poems in the original language?

    Yes you can: just click on the link above to the right of the poem. Enjoy!