Your Favourite Objects

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…

When you approached me
I saw your pain
Your sorrow
That you bear all alone
I thought
To soften your such grief
And inspire pleasure
In your heart and mind
So that,
Your life would become joyful
When I realise
Your favourite objects
That display
Your idiocy, oppression
Crime and cruelty
I laughed out
At the feeling of my empathy
You were just the actor
As like your friend-actor
Who destroyed your life
I changed my mind too
And I did the same
As like your favourite objects.