I didn’t swim across the river, like Sohni
For a secret rendezvous, every night.
I didn’t die in swirling currents,
Failing to fight their might.
I don’t have Sassi’s beauty, to have you seek me
Never betrayed by your brothers,
I didn’t die in a desert with your name on my lips.
Unlike Sohni who broke Mirza’s arrows
I didn’t have to choose between my brothers and you with a brow furrowed.
I didn’t get you killed and then cry my heart out
I was never called a woman who sold her love out.
I didn’t have the courage of Heer
Who didn’t go with anyone else, and waited for her man.
There is no tragedy in my love
And there is hardly anything I lost
But I loved you enough
And if it matters, yes, I paid a cost.