Ehsan Sehgal

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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 never had the power
To leave my children
I loved them; I love them
More than my desires
Even more than my totality
They walked with me
Holding fast my fingers
But what I would say
It is the cruelty of the time
Or the traditional selfishness
They left me alone
For their desires
For their priorities of life
I did the same with my parent
I left them alone too
For priorities of life
But I lose both
The priorities of life
And the parent
This circle stays for everyone
Today
Tomorrow
And forever
One feels grief; the other doesn't,
It is life, so is life.

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