Aag Ke Pas

pēr-e-vamanda koi

coat pe mehnat ki siyahi ke nishan

naujavan bete ki gardan ki chamak dekhta huun

ik raqabat ki siyah lahr bahut tez

mire sina-e-sozan se guzar jaati hai

jis tarah taaq pe rakkhe hue gul-dan ki

mas-o-sim ke kason ki chamak

aur gulu uljhe hue taron se bhar jaata hai

koele aag men jalte hue

kin yadon ki kis raat men

jal jaate hain

kya inhi kanon ki yadon men jahan

salha-sal ye asuda rahe

unhi be-ab daraḳhton ke vo jangal

jinhen pirana-sari baar hui jaati thi

koele lakhon baras daur ke ḳhvabon men ulajh jaate hain

aaj shab bhi vo badi der se

ghar lauta hai

us ke alfaz ko

in rangon se avazon se kya rabt

jo is gham-zada ghar ke ḳhas-o-ḳhashak men hain

us ko is mez par bikhri hui

ḳhushbuon ke jangal se gharaz

aaj bhi apne aqide pe ba-dastur

ba-zid qaaem hai

vo daraḳhton ke tanomand tane

apne ainda ke ḳhvabon men asiir

gard-bad aa hi gae

un ki rihai ka vasila ban kar

ḳhud se mahjuri-e-nagah ka hiila ban kar

aae aur chal bhi diye

tul-e-alamnak ki dahliz pe

ruḳhsat kah kar

aur vo lakhon baras soch men

ainda ke mauhum men ḳhvabida rahe

mere bete tujhe kuchh yaad bhi hai

main ne bhi shor machaya tha kabhi

ḳhaak ke bigde hue chehre ke ḳhilaf

lahn be-rang hua sun ke

miri jaan bhi pukar uthi thi

main kabhi ek ana aur kabhi do ka sahara leta

apni sathi se main kah uthta ki jaago ai jaan

harana tira-bayaban men

bhatakte hue patton ka hujum

mera Dar mujh ko nigal jaega

mere kanon men mire karb ki avaz

palat aati thi

tujhe be-kar ḳhudaon pe yaqin

ab bhi nahin

ab bhi nahin

aaj bhi apne hi ilhad ki kursi men

pada unghta huun

naujavan bete ke alfaz pe chaunk uthta huun

tu ne bete

ye ajab ḳhvab sunaya hai mujhe

apna ye ḳhvab kisi aur se hargiz na kaho

kabhi ahista se darvaza jo khulta hai to hans deta huun

ye bhi is baat ki sarsar ki

nai chaal naya dhoka hai

phuul ya pariyan banane ka koi nusḳha

mire paas nahin hai bete

mujhe fardaon ke sahra se bhi

afsun-e-rivayat ki lahak aati hai

aag men koele bujhne ki tamanna na karo

in se ainda ke mitte hue asar

ubhar aenge

in guzarte hue lamhat ki tanhai men

kaisa ye ḳhvab sunaya hai mujhe tu ne abhi

nahin har ek se

har ek se ye ḳhvab kaho

is se jaag uthta hai

soya hua majzub

miri aag ke paas

aise majzub ko ik ḳhvab bahut

ḳhvab bahut ḳhvab bahut

aise har mast ko

ik ḳhvab bahut

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