Ehsan Sehgal

Dialogue With Humanity

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 asked from humanity
"Where do you live?"
Humanity replied
"Only, in a human."
When were you born?
"When Adam received a sentence
And sent to the earth."
When you feel sad and pain?
"Yes, I feel
When human eject me
From its character and conduct
Even for a little benefit."
When are you dead?
"When a human executes the lie."
What region do you exist not?
"I exist not on the "Sacredistan."
"Since I searched for a lot,
To discover a human
Where I can find my place,
But I became tired of that
I could not find
It may exist
Somewhere in this region
I saw not even Satan there
When I was returning back
With the feeling of grave sadness
Suddenly, evil appeared with a smiling
I asked evil; why are you not in this region?
It said "I only land upon that human
Where you reside
Therefore now
My vicious effect will not work
Upon "Sacredistani"
Oh, humanity, believe me
It is such a region and its inhabitants
From that, I seek for myself mercy and
Refuge in God."