NOT IN MY FATE (Translation of Ghalib's ghazal)

It was not in my fate to have been with my beloved,

Had I lived longer the waiting would have just prolonged.

What friends are these that have become advisers,

Ah,that some had eased my grief, some shared my sorrow!

To whom should I explain that my nights are a demon,

Wouldn’t I have embraced death if it had been for just once?

If I had believed in your promise I would have died of sheer joy,

But know this O my love that it was very hard to trust you.

Ah that I had drowned in a river than to die ingloriously,

Not a soul would have mourned then, no stone would have marked me!            

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Translated on June 22 and revised on July 5, 2002 and modified on August the 17th, 2010.

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