(AABDBSDC-Repair)-Words of Abdul Ghani Khan

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-

Adapted from writings of Abdul Ghani Khan-a pushto poet.

Translation and adaptation by Nahida Ahmed, student at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.