"Beloved! you are aware of my illness,Beloved's enduring love is that chronic illness.My physician! for you to this ailment am I confined,Give me health's good tidings, remove distress of my mind.For you I weep, for you my cries are destined;Idle and wicked am I, free me from this evil design,May you come, who are my expert physician.Disappointed consulting other physicians, you alone are my medicine,You, who are so near, clasp me to your bosom."
.........Bhitai [Sur Sasui]
Perhaps the only original poet whose poetry has passed unadulterated into the Sindhilanguage and has become a part of the rich literature of Sindh is Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.He is not only considered a celebrated poet, but a celebrated saint (Oulia). This makeshim even more prominent among the worthies of this great land, the Sindh. "The poet",says a great writer, "is a heroic figure belonging to all ages. Let nature send a Hero-soul;in no age is it other than possible that he may be shaped into a poet." This compliment isnot for hom who takes up his pen and ink, and puts down stanzas on paper. That is but a poor thing, indeed, come out with his flimsy but pleasant tit-bits to amuse himself and hisfriends for a while. It is for that strange individual who, on different occasions, is seenamong the villagers toiling in fields for their scanty earnings, among the gypsies loiteringthrough the hills and valleys, among the soldiers fighting for their fatherland, among thelearned doctors preaching sermons to religious congregations, among the merry band of love-stricken dizzy-brained sensualists, - in fact, among all classes of people, - observing,deeply observing different phases of natur and mind, chanting, as he shifts from place to place, those sweet strains that rend the hearts of the hearers.
, in his book "Life Of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai," emphasises that, "this individual, this original, world-observing, myriad-mindedindividual is the true poet. He thinks musically; he speaks musically, he acts musically.His very silence is musical".
Poet And Prophet
The ancients were not much wrong when they made no difference betweenPoetand
. Perhaps in the case of no other poet can these remarks be more applicable, thenin the case of the great poet of Sindh, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. If this poet cannot beidentified with
, he may, in every way, be identified with Saint. He is investedwith an intense transcedentalism and a sacred glory. If he is not deified, he is certainlycaumised. A spiritual guide, while living, - a poetical saint, while dead, - he still reignsover the hearts of millions, by his grave, musical,
, mysterious strains.