Ehsan Sehgal

You Still Breathe

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 you become alone
With your loneliness in an elderly time
In a foreign land among the strangers
Far away from your homeland,
Family, friends, and beloved ones
Fighting with evil and evil peoples
For human rights, injustice
For peace and harmony
Whereas, facing the rivals
Even you are yourself
Suffering from an incurable disease
In hope and desperate, life and death
Thereupon, attack of memories
The burden of grief and pain
The collapse of dreams and hopes
The sight of life's tragedies
And children's ignorance
You feel yourself a broken one
And you still breathe
Is it a reward of life or a penalty?
You cannot decide
Ah, what an incapability it is!