Apne Qadmon Hi Ki Aawaz Se Chaunka Hota

apne qadmon hi ki avaz se chaunka hota

yuun mire paas se ho kar koi guzra hota

chandni se bhi sulag uThta hai virana-e-jan

ye agar jante suraj hi ko chaha hota

zindagi ḳhvab-e-pareshan hai bahar ek ḳhayal

in ko milne se bahut pahle ye socha hota

dopahar guzri magar dhuup ka aalam hai vahi

koi saaya kisi divar se utra hota

ret uḌ uḌ ke havaon men chali aati hai

shahr-e-arman sar-e-sahra na basaya hota

aarzu umr-e-gurezan to nahin tum to nahin

ye sarakta hua lamha kahin Thahra hota

pichhe pichhe koi saaya sa chala aata tha

haae vo kaun tha muḌ kar use dekha hota

tujh se yak go na ta.alluq mujhe ik umr se tha

zindagi tu ne hi baḌh kar mujhe roka hota

jaane kya soch ke logon ne bujhae hain charagh

raat kaTti to sahar hoti ujala hota

apne daman ko jala kar main charaghan karta

agar is raakh men ‘aḳhtar’ koi sho.ala hota

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