Navoiy – A Poem from Uzbekistan
Nodir Jonuzak has shared his poem which he had dedicated to the great Uzbek poet Alisher Navoiy
Shah of lovers and saint of poets he is, each essence of wisdom radiates vessels. In the world of literature incomparable he is.
Friends, a man is coming through ages,
Raising high goodness, fighting evils,
The sun in his palm, lighting the darkness,
From soul to soul Navoiy* makes trips,
Conquering souls, Navoiy makes victories.
Even stones open eyes when his holy stick touches,
Souls are filled with streams with words of ‘Khamsa’*.
Both his image and poems decorate two worlds:
Immortal are lovers, not exhausted is Navoiy,
Of hardships of times are nothing for Navoiy.
Qaqnus*, Simurgh* speak of good people’s wonders,
Dating Layli* and Shirin make hearty talks.
The powers of Alexander and Doro he disregards,
Seven Planets were captured by Navoiy.
Navoiy led bright words to the right way,
Creating gold lines raised high the love stairs,
God’s secret treasure he discovered for folks.
For five centuries his treasures run out would not,
Though Vazir* Navoiy is donating it without spare
In each soul Navoiy erected an eternal castle.
Shah of lovers and saint of poets he is,
Each essence of wisdom radiates vessels.
In the world of literature incomparable he is,
He who holds a pen his Pir is, no doubt, Navoiy,
Creator’s avert and covert secret is Navoiy!
If complain riots, wow, will listen to a soul,
Weeps together once and smiles once and calms.
Raises your spirit, even though he suffers much,
Each of his line is a talisman, a protector from evils.
To lovers’ illness a constant balm is Navoiy.
Hey friend, do avoid evil, and come to goodness.
Hey friend, take your chance and come to save the soul.
If you want to know your identity, come to his statue!
Caretaker, savor of each seedling is Navoiy,
For the nation a light tower is, sure, Navoiy!
Translated by Begoyim Kholbekova
*Navoiy – Alisher Navoiy great uzbek poet.
*Khamsa – The most important collection of Navoi’s poems, which consists of 5 volumes.
*Qaqnus – A phoenix – a mythological long-lived bird that is reborn after death.
*Simurgh – A fantastic creature in Uzbek mythology – the king of all birds
*Laili – The heroine of one of Alisher Navoiy’s dastans “Laili and Majnun”
*Vazir Navoiy – Alisher Navoiy was the prime minister under the Padishah Husayn Baykarа. He was a good architect and he designed a lot of schools, hospitals, bridges, roads and canals.