Poet: Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Dates: 13 February 1911 – 20 November 1984
Title of Poem: When Autumn Came
This is the way that autumn came to the trees:
it stripped them down to the skin,
left their ebony bodies naked.
It shook out their hearts, the yellow leaves,
scattered them over the ground.
Anyone could trample them out of shape
undisturbed by a single moan of protest.
The birds that herald dreams
were exiled from their song,
each voice torn out of its throat.
They dropped into the dust
even before the hunter strung his bow.
Oh, God of May have mercy.
Bless these withered bodies
with the passion of your resurrection;
make their dead veins flow with blood again.
Give some tree the gift of green again.
Let one bird sing.
Translated by Naomii Lazard
Brief Biography: Faiz was a left-wing revolutionary poet. He founded the Communist Party of Pakistan with Sajjeed Zaheer and Jalaludin Abdur Rahim. Faiz’s poetry is considered the backbone of literature and art development in Pakistan and along with Allama Iqbal , he is referred to as the poet of the east.