Aalam-E-Barzakh

ye to barzakh hai yahan vaqt ki ijad kahan

ik baras tha ki mahina hamen ab yaad kahan

vahi tapta hua gardun vahi angara zamin

ja-ba-ja tishna o ashufta vahi khak-nashin

shab-garan zist-garan-tar hi to kar jaati thi

sud-khoron ki tarah dar pe sahar aati thi

ziist karne ki mashaqqat hi hamen kya kam thi

mustazad us pe pirohit ka junun-e-taza

sab ko mil jaae gunahon ka yahin khamyaza

na-rava-dar fazaon ki jhulasti hui luu!

mohtasib kitne nikal aae gharon se har su

tadte hain kisi chehre pe taravat to nahin

koi lab nam to nahin bashre pe farhat to nahin

kucha kucha men nikale hue khuni diide

gurz uthae hue dhamkate phira karte hain

nau-e-adam se bahar-taur riya ke talib

ruuh be-zar hai kyuun chhod na jaae qalib

zindagi apni isi taur jo guzri ‘ghalib’

ham bhi kya yaad karenge ki khuda rakhte the

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