The Country Without a Post Office {Agha Shahid Ali}

Then be pitiless you whom I could not save –
Send your cries to me, if only in this way :
I’ve found a prisoner’s letters to a lover –
One begins : “These words may never reach you.”
Another ends : “The skin dissolves in dew
without your touch.” And I want to answer:
I want to live forever. What else can I say?
It rains as I write this. Mad heart, be brave.

Agha Shahid Ali

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10 thoughts on “The Country Without a Post Office {Agha Shahid Ali}

  1. is this the whole poem, or is it an excerpt, antara????? Well Agha shahid ali was really a very soulful poet…. Read about him in class 11th, and the last line is the best, Mad heart, be brave……

    • Just an excerpt. “The country without a post office” is one of my favourite poems of Agha’s.
      Yes, yes we did! That’s where my love of his poetry began! :) “It rains as I write this. Mad heart, be brave”… :)

  2. The skin dissolves in dew without your touch… i keep coming back to this line… this is such a beautiful, beautiful poem…
    and thats… a VERY goooood pic :)

  3. What A great poem? This book indeed changed the history of South East Asia because the prose stuff in the poetry book. Why the tilte is like this ? there is a reason in 1990 all the post offices were burnt and were closed for 9 months.It was his friend (Irfan) who picked the letter which was sent by Shahid from America , it was floating on the river Jhelum and when Irfan informed Shahid this terrible situation and it was only then this book was named A country without post office…..Not so long ago , in 2010 the newspapers were banned and so internet as well due to the political problem in Kashmir

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