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The Pain Behind the Melody

Misbah loves writing poetry. She says poetry is what makes her heart feels warm and light.

The pain it endured

The pain it endured

The poem was inspired by an Urdu/Hindi poetic verse. Unfortunately, I can't credit the poet because I'm not sure who wrote it, so it's anonymous.

The original verse goes like:

"Jo Taar Se Nikli hai Wo Dhun Sab Ne Suni Hai,

Jo Saaz Pe Guzri Hai Wo Kis Dil Ko Pata Hai"

It translates as:

"Everyone has heard the tune that came out of the strings,

Which heart knows what pain the instrument has endured"


Girl playing violin

Girl playing violin


Everyone has heard the melody that came from the strings, but.

Only the heart knows how much pain the instrument has endured.

They enjoy the music and beat a lot.

Song lyrics have a deeper meaning than they observed.

Sometimes a story without a happy ending,

It is best to bring and leave it on a lovely road.


You read the poetry and exclaim, “Wow!” and “Awesome!”

Ask the poet how much his heart bled…

When the pen is filled with tears' ink

Beautiful, sad poems emerge in the end

Poems that will live on for centuries and more.


Poems with words drenched in tears,

Poems, when written on paper, made the paper cry

It requested to the poet stop writing his story

It finds it difficult to shoulder the burden of his pain.


When this poem is chosen by a singer to be used in a movie,

It sums up the entire situation in just a few rhymes.

It allows the audience to grasp the story in just a few words.

The real irony: the situations were different in both cases.

The poet wrote them out of his pain and experience.

The plot of the film describes a completely different form.


Who really knows: where the poet is coming from?

It's all about his imagination and thoughts.

Some read it in lines, while others read it between.

How some focused only on the melody that the instrument produced, but

Few are aware of the pain it endured.


“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

© 2022 Misbah Sheikh

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