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Candle Hat - Poem by Billy Collins

In most self-portraits it is the face that dominates:
Cezanne is a pair of eyes swimming in brushstrokes,
Van Gogh stares out of a halo of swirling darkness,
Rembrant looks relieved as if he were taking a breather
from painting The Blinding of Sampson.

But in this one Goya stands well back from the mirror
and is seen posed in the clutter of his studio
addressing a canvas tilted back on a tall easel.

He appears to be smiling out at us as if he knew
we would be amused by the extraordinary hat on his head
which is fitted around the brim with candle holders,
a device that allowed him to work into the night.

You can only wonder what it would be like
to be wearing such a chandelier on your head
as if you were a walking dining room or concert hall.

But once you see this hat there is no need to read
any biography of Goya or to memorize his dates.

To understand Goya you only have to imagine him
lighting the candles one by one, then placing
the hat on his head, ready for a night of work.

Imagine him surprising his wife with his new invention,
the laughing like a birthday cake when she saw the glow.

Imagine him flickering through the rooms of his house
with all the shadows flying across the walls.

Imagine a lost traveler knocking on his door
one dark night in the hill country of Spain.
"Come in, " he would say, "I was just painting myself,"
as he stood in the doorway holding up the wand of a brush,
illuminated in the blaze of his famous candle hat.
Billy Collins

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Oh, I know a certain lady who is reckoned with the good,
Yet she fills me with more terror than a

Teri yad thi Tera dard tha Main jahan raha Main jidhar gaya
Mera din to yunhi guzar gaya jab sham

غنچۂ ناشگفتہ کو دور سے مت دکھا کہ یوں
بوسہ کو پوچھتا ہو

Veeraan C Ujrri C Tanha Bethi Woh Larki,
Kal Raat Akele Mein Shaayad Kuch Waraq Jala Rahi Thi,

Nasha Pila K Girana To Sab Ko Ata Ha
Maza Koi Girton Ko Uthay Saqi

Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, wh

Un se duur janay ka irada na tha,
Sada sath rehnay ka bhi wada na tha,

Wo yaad na karaingay yeh

Mere rooth jane se ab un ko koi farq nahi parhta:::

Be-chain ker deti thi kabhi jin ko khamoshi

ye jo suraj hai ye suraj bhi kahan tha pahle
barf se uThta hua ek dhuan tha pahle
mujh se aabaad

Knowing nothing shuts the iron gates;
the new love opens them.

The sound of the gates opening w

aashiq hun main nafrat hai mere rang ko ru se
paiwand nahin chaak gareban ko rafu se
daman mere

Apni to zindgi hi ajeeb kahani hay
jis chiz ko chaha woh begani hay

Hastay hain to sirf duniya k

Fikar Insaa Par Tri Hasti Se Yeh Roshan Howa
Hai Par Murgh Takhayyul Ki Rasai Taa Kuja
Tha Saraapa

And do you think that love itself,
Living in such an ugly house,
Can prosper long?
We meet and pa

Hi! Handsome hunting man,
Fire your little gun,
Bang! Now that animal
Is dead and dumb and done.

Cheekhen bhi yahan ghor se sunta nahi Koi

Kin logon mai tum shair sunane nikal aye

Koyee had nahi hai kamaal ki
Koyee had nahi hai jamaal ki

Wohi qurb O door ki manzileN
Wohi sha

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbre

Kahin akele mei mil kar jhinjorr duun ga ussay,
Jahaan jahaan se woh tuutta hai jorr duun ga ussay,

Mujh Ko ilm-e-Rasa Dia Tu Ne
Mujh Ko Taufeeq-e-Amal De Ya Rab

Dikha De Jalwa-e-Manzil Mujh Ko
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