I Can Only Cry

Ehsan Sehgal is a Pakistani-Dutch poet and writer. He moved to the Netherlands in 1978 to avoid persecution during the General Zia era in Pakistan and has lived in the Netherlands since. Ehsan Sehgal began his literary career in 1967. His first publication was a novel, but his consequent books were…






My pain, my grief is nothing
When I look at the pain of others
And the severe sick people
I have hands, eyes, feet
And sound health
And money to eat
The people, who suffer
From the pain
From the diseases
From the hunger
From the cruelty
From the injustice
From the ignorance
Of their blood, own blood
I cry, and I cry
Because I want to help
But when I feel that
How much I am powerless
And compelled
I can only think, but cannot do
I cry and pray
When we become human
To feel, the human sufferings?

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