Monday, May 9, 2011

Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem - poetic tribute by Dr. Shahzad Rizvi

Memories of the Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem

His thought and art convey
Saleem Wahid's elegant taste

The voice of his conscience
is the treasure of his life

The depth of feelings in his poems
provides succor for the heart

The flights of his imagination nourish the spirit
His thought and perspective are the soul of the era

The style of his prose and verse
reveals the uniqueness of his thought, the pride of his art

He is distinguished among the scholars
Not only in Urdu, but in Persian as well

I am grateful to Muslim Saleem
His son, the source of his pride

He is gathering these days
the wonder of his father's creations

O Barqi, every word from the poet's pen
Enchants and nourishes the heart

(Note: I have tried to translate Dr. Barqi's poem with some changes according to the English tradition. When you translate from one language into another, it is always a challenge. Poetry carries the heritage of that language and culture which cannot easily be transformed, and hence something is always lost. Dr. Barqi has written a remarkable poem in Urdu and it conveys his feelings well about your esteemed father and a great poet and person. Dr Shahzad Rizvi)

Translation of Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi's poem by:Dr. Shahzad Rizvi

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