Ehsan Sehgal

The Leaders

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…

I am, yes I am
The voice, and expression
Of the broken, sad
And deprived hearts
Of those people
Who sleep with hopes
And awake
For new, and the bright day
But they do not know
That their elected leaders
They are killers of their hopes
Their dreams, their rights
To live with happy life
The unfair, and corrupt
Leaders of various societies
Live, and enjoy life
On labour, and blood
Of working class
And poor people
Such leaders are just
Like beasts
But speaking beasts
Wearing civilised dress
I see; I watch that all
With my bated breath
What is after that
The new sun is rising
Today has come for them.