Ehsan Sehgal

Whenever I looked Back

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 left my small city
Where I spent my childhood
Where I studied,
Where lived my beloved ones
Towards the big city
For just a career
And a brighter future
The greediness became large
I left my land
For higher status, and income
On the journey of struggles
I bore hardship, pain, and grief
And often, wore the tears
I felt alone
Within the crowd of people
Whenever I looked back
I was too far
I missed my city and land
If I looked ahead
The destination was still far away
I felt helpless and hopeless
I realized,
Each one of us became
The patient of the greed
Forgetting all, even itself
Such disease has spread
Into all professions
I came to understand
Everyone is running
After its shadow
While no one can reach that
Even though; it continues.