akhtar-hoshiyarpuri

Apna Saya Bhi Na Ham-Rah Safar Mein Rakhna

apna saaya bhi na ham-rah safar men rakhna

puḳhta saḌken hi faqat rahguzar men rakhna

ghair-mahfuz samajh kar na ghanim aa jaae

dosto! main na sahi ḳhud ko nazar men rakhna

kahin aisa na ho main hadd-e-ḳhabar se guzrun

koi aalam ho mujhe apni ḳhabar men rakhna

aaina TuuT ke bikhre to kai aks mile

ab hathauḌa hi kaf-e-aina-gar men rakhna

mashghale kibr-sini men vahi bachpan vaale

kabhi tasviren kabhi aaine ghar men rakhna

bahte dariyaon ko sahil hi se takte rahna

aur jalte hue ghar dida-e-tar men rakhna

koi to aisa ho jo tum ko bachae tum se

koi to apna bahi-ḳhvah safar men rakhna

koi bhi chiiz na rakhna ki ta.aqub men hain log

apni miTTi hi magar dast-e-hunar men rakhna

jangalon men bhi hava se vahi rishta ‘aḳhtar’

shahr men bhi yahi sauda mujhe sar men rakhna

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