जय श्री राम!
Jai Shri Ram!
If you are here
With the sword of "Jai Shri Ram"
Why don't you proceed?
I willingly bow down my head
Chop it off!
Yah, behead it!
My tongue will never - yes, never utter
These three words
Before this very sword of yours!
And if you are here
With the pious 'mantra' of "Jai Shri Ram"
I fondly embrace you, my brethren
Now don't move ahead of me
But follow me on -
As I will be setting off
With a revered passion
Even beyond the boundaries of my beloved country
To fulfill the polluted atmosphere
Of the world at large
Purifying and soothing it
With an abounding echo
Of the sacred name of Lord Ram!
- ANWAR NADEEM (b. 1937), a Lucknow based Urdu poet, writer and author of ten books of prose and poetry Translated from Urdu by Ghulam Rizvi 'Gardish'