To The Hawker


Hawker ! Hawker ! Wait for a while,
Show me bangles of a new style !
Red, green, blue, cyan and orange,
To be adorned by a bride on her marriage!
Give me one circle of each colour,
They must be pretty, just as a flower !
Some look deep red and lustrous,
Some are dull grey but precious,
Some lost their brightness owing to wars,
Yet others are shining like the stars !
Wearing these bangles; red, orange and cyan,
Is a tradition since the Great Emperor’s Reign !

Syed Mursaleen Andrabi


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