THE OCEAN WAVE
Dynamism is one of the important subjects in ‘All«mah Iqb«l's teachings. "Ocean waves" is one of the metaphors he uses for dynamism, as in this poem. The poem shows how restless a dynamic person is when he is deprived of the opportunities for action. This is shown in the climax of the poem in the last verse.
My impatient heart keeps me relentlessly restless
Like mercury agitation is the essence of life to me
Wave is my name, the sea is fordable to me
The whirlpool's circle would never be a chain to me
My steed speeds in the water like wind
The fishing tackle has never caught my skirt
Sometimes I jump up due to attraction of the full moon1
Sometimes in excitement I strike my head on the shore
I am the traveller who loves destination
Someone should ask me why I always jump
Fleeing from the discomfort of the narrow river I am
Upset by separation from the ocean's vastness I am
1. Allusion to the rising of the ocean waves in the tide created by the full moon.