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I do not need your red sculpted lips,
Nor hair in loops like a serpent’s coils,
Nor a nape as graceful as a swan’s,
Nor narcissus eyes full of drunkenness,
Nor teeth as perfect as pearls of heaven,
Nor cheeks ruddy and full as pomegranates,
Nor a voice mellifluous as a sarinda,
Nor a figure as elegant as a poplar,
But show me just this one thing, my love,
I seek a heart stained like a poppy flower –

Pearls by millions I would gladly cede,
For the sake of tears borne of love and grief.

Ship – Neldera – July 1929
(Written at age 15)

Translated from Pashto by Taimur Khan

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