The Butterflies

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…

Whenever I am in the garden
I feel happy to watch butterflies
Their colours look good
Beautiful and lovely
I feel joy
When they fly
Over one flower
To another flower
And then extracting
The nectar of the flowers
They make us happy
But I feel the pain
If someone holds them
They take off their colours
And drop their power to fly
It is a very strange
Our likeness and love
Sometimes, unconsciously
Become for others
A way of death
I see the similarity
In my vision
The world is colourful
Like a garden
And the girls are its butterflies
I feel happy to watch butterflies.