Paon se lahoo ko dho dalo (Wash the blood from your feet)
Hum kya karte kis reh chalte
Har raah mein kaante bikhre the
Un rishton ke jo choot gaye
Un sadiyon ke yaranon key
Jo ik-ik karke toot gaye.
Where should we go and what should we do
When every road is scattered
With the thorns of our fallen loves?
When the friendships of centuries
Have broken, one by one?
Jis raah chale jist simt gaye
Yun paon lahoo-luhan hue
Whatever path we take, whatever direction we choose
Our feet come away bathed in blood.
Sab dekhne vaale kahte the
Ye kaisi reet rachai hai
Ye mehndi kyon lagvai hai
Vo kehte the, kyon kahat-e-vapha
Ka nahak charcha karte ho
And the onlookers say:
What is this ritual you have devised?
Why have you decorated yourself with these wounds?
Who are you to question
The barrenness of faith?
Paon se lahoo ko dho dalo
Wash the blood from your feet.
Ye raatein jab at jayengi
Sow raste in se phootenge
Tum dil ko sambholo jismein abhi
Sow tarah ke nashtar tootenge.
When the night has passed
A hundred new roads will blossom.
You must steady your heart,
For it has to break many, many times.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz