Ehsan Sehgal

I Went Everywhere

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 went everywhere to search the God
Even in the worship places
And in the old and modern cities
But I could not find God
When I came to know that
God exists near my aorta
I felt and tried to find and look
But not any sign of the visibility
One day I was walking on the streets
I saw a father and a mother sitting
At the corner of the street
With their children
A girl and a boy on the ground
Wearing cracked old clothes
Many people were walking there
But no one was paying attention
I walked towards them
They all looked at me, with full of wonder
And some hope
I put my hands into my coat pocket
And brought out all the coins I had
And gave, to them
They looked at the coins and then told me
With cheerful smiling; God bless you
They all stood and went towards
The shop to buy some food
I felt like my whole body became lightened
The smiling of them
Gave me the great impression of God
I was becoming
The real human that God created.