The gaping mouths of a hundred crocodiles form netted traps in each wave
Consider the labour within the sea-change of a raindrop to a pearl

– Mirza Ghalib. dām-e har mauj meñ hai halqah-e sad kām-e nihang *

translated by Azra Raza and Sara Suleri Goodyear



In the net of every wave is a circle of a hundred crocodile mouths,
Let’s see what happens to the drop on the way to becoming a pearl.

translated by Frances W. Pritchett and Owen T.A. Cornwall