aap ka e’tibar kaun kare
roz ka intizar kaun kare
who can depend on what you say?
who will wait each every day?
zikr-e-mehr-o-vafa to ham karte
par tumhen sharmsar kaun kare
for faith and kindness I would ask
but you would have been shamed that way
ho jo us chashm-e-mast se be-khud
phir use hoshiyar kaun kare
on those heady eyes who’s drunk
his drunkenness, who can allay?
tum to ho jaan ik zamane ki
jaan tum par nisar kaun kare
you are the life of all this world
for you, my life how can I lay?
afat-e-rozgar jab tum ho
shikva-e-rozgar kaun kare
you cause mischief in this world
who can complain of life then say
apni tasbih rahne de zahid
daana daana shumar kaun kare
let your rosary be o priest
bead by bead, who will assay?
hijr men zahr kha ke mar jaun
maut ka intizar kaun kare
On parting, poisoned I will die
for who would wait for death to slay?
aankh hai tark-e-zulf hai sayyad
dekhen dil ka shikar kaun kare
eyes are arrows, tresses snares
which will make my heart their prey?
vaada karte nahin ye kahte hain
tujh ko ummid-var kaun kare
she doesn’t promise, says to me
how, hopeful, can I let you stay?
‘dagh’ ki shakl dekh kar bole
aisi surat ko pyaar kaun kare
she saw my face and then remarked
who can love this face ? Do say