ماے ني! ميں کيهنوں اکهاں، درد وچهوڑ دا حال
O mother! who can I ask? about the pain of this separation?
The weight of exile rests heavy, some days. I don’t have the words to express, nor can I. So, here is Madho Lal Hussain (1539-94), the Sufi saint of Punjab, who wrote this Kafi (a short poetic/musical form from Punjab) about a particular form of exile.
This is Hamid Ali Bela’s rendition:
and here is a vid w/ Iqbal Bahoo: