The False People

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 do not repeat
The bitter and hard
Exercises and things
Once I had experienced
With untrustworthy
And rejected people
Such ones are open book
In that
One can find only
The rubbish of the character
The dirt of the mind
The falsehood of the entity
I do not look back
Even if they become gold
Or diamonds
They remain unworthy stone
In my eyes
My name is self-respect
Holder and defender.