Zahid’s born creativity is reflected, with the difference of degree, in all the poems included in this collection. Right from the first, Amante Egaree (Lost Lovers) to the last entry, ‘Reincarnation of Truth’, one has to stop again and again and wonder at the sweep and reach of his poetic imagination which touches the borders of the region where the great ones breathe. Amante Egaree, for instance, reminds me at once of Yeats’s hard-won perception that the lost love is more valuable than the love won and Iqbal’s oft-repeated theme:
Tu ne shanasi hanooz shauq bi-meerad ze wasl
Cheest hayat-e dawam sokhten-e natamam
You have yet to realize the truth that love dies by union:
What is eternal life? Smouldering, unfinished, endless burning.
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