Anwar Rashid: For Parween Rahman

You got scared

of an innocent fledging little bird

like all cowards

how easily scared you are

The twitter of nightingales 

the softness of the clouds

the refreshing spray of cold water

has scared you

like all cowards

how easily scared you are

You can kill one Parween

but you cannot kill

the power of an idea

what you have done

has increased commitment and courage

and sense of purpose

The light of knowledge

will continue to spread

and with it awareness

in the villages and fields

On the lips of those

who have no shoes

there will be the smile of contentment

in the dancing fields

the sound of bangles

on the cheeks of the workers

the glitter of earings

These symbols of love

are messages to the enemies of peace

listen to them cowardly assassin

for we are not alone

we are not alone

(Translated from Urdu by Arif Hasan)

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