We Shall See

By Badri Raina. Dated: 1/20/2020 12:43:10 AM

A transcreation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's "Hum Dekhenge"

Inevitable that we shall see
Dawn of the promised day,
When pinnacles of tyranny
Will come to be blown away
Like bales of cotton loosely held,
When the ground shall shudder underneath
The gumption of empowered feet,
And bang on the swollen head
Lightning strike with telling heat;
When despot- icons shall be removed
From God's outraged earthly bed,
And taintless victims of crushing faith
Be seated on the regal spread;
When crowns shall be flung away
And thrones brought low from high,
That promised day we shall know,
We shall know, we shall see.
Only Allah's name shall be,
Who is both manifest and concealed,
Both hidden and revealed;
When the proclamation "I am the Truth"
Shall be made by one and all
When "we the people" shall come to rule,
A rule that embraces one and all
Such a day we indeed shall see,
That belongs to one and all.
Badri Raina taught English literature at Delhi University for four decades. He has several collections of poems, essays and translations to his credit including Dickens and the Dialectic of Growth and The Underside of Things: India and the World (A Citizen's Miscellany, 2006-2011).

 

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