Ehsan Sehgal

The Silly Hope

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…

She wrote me a letter
She will come tomorrow
It was wonderful
I stayed waiting
Every day I read the letter
I will wait for tomorrow
To see and meet
My beloved promised to come
I was then eighteen
My emotions, my feelings
Twisted for a person
Whom I had not seen
I waited and waited
Since my eighteenth
Until I became eighty
I could not wait for more
I wrote to her and asked
When would come tomorrow
Please come today
And the other day
Someone knocked on the door
I opened
I saw a beautiful woman
Standing and smiling
I felt, just felt
I looked into my pocket
It was full of money
But empty of love
I said sorry and closed the door
I am still waiting tomorrow
I know, never and never
Will come tomorrow
But that silly hope
Lost today.