Ehsan Sehgal

A Firefly

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…

In the gloom nights of summer,
In the sky, far away,
To the ending of sight-limits
The stars stay shining
Lying on the bed
At the house veranda
I tried to count the stars,
Succeeding several hundred
During that, suddenly,
Mosquitoes disturb; I lost concentration;
It returned again and again;
I felt weary of it; however,
I forgot such a feeling, whenever
I realized, the firefly at my focusing sight
Flying around the veranda
I emotionally enjoyed
A beautiful wonder of that
Such a touch became a perfumed-dream
I ran after the firefly; it flew ahead,
High, low, left, right and
Sometimes, backward as well
I couldn't reach and approach it
I gave up; but waited desperately
To have it
Surprisingly, the firefly also landed
On a wall, branches of the tree
And flowers, turning by turning
I saw with shocked eyes
Firefly turned into a fireball,
Shaping, appearing as a fairy
To enlighten my entity
For astonishing the entire world
I have been waiting for that
Realizing it is only a dream
However, one can turn it into reality.