Title: bol ke lab azaad hai tere
Author: Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Source:

Poems by Faiz - V. G. Kiernan

Urdu

bol, ke lab azaad hai tere,
bol, zubaan ab tak teri hai,
tera sutwaan jism hai tera-
bol, ke jaan ab tak teri hai.

dekh ke ahangar ki dukan mein
tund hain sholey, surkh hai ahan,
khulne-lage qhuflon ke dahane,
phaila har ek zanjeer ka daman.

bol, ye thora waqt bohut hai,
jism-o-zubaan ki maut se pehle.
bol, ke sach zinda hai ab tak-
bol, jo kuch kehna hai kehle.

English

speak, for your lips are free,
speak, your tongue is still yours,
your upright body is yours-
speak, your life is still yours.

see how in the blacksmith's shop
the flames are hot, the iron is red,
mouths of locks have begun to open,
each chain's skirt has spread wide.

speak, this little time is plenty
before the death of body and tongue;
speak, for truth is still alive-
speak, say whatever must be said.