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Auj-Bin-Unuq

shahr ki sab se badi hotel ki chhat par

us ka sar manDla raha tha

aur sahil ke qarib

sard aur mahfuz tah-khane ki tah ko

pair us ka chhu raha tha

haae vo kitna bada thaa!

us ke daaen haath men jakde hue the

kar-khane kampaniyan bazar bank

aur baaen haath par us ke dhare the

baar thetar hotlen juue ke adde qahba-khane

sar-nigun us ke anguthon ke isharon par siyasat ki mashinon ke batan

ahani shanon par us ke

be-zamin be-ashiyan kaale parinde jhulte the

dum nacha kar par phula kar

har ghadi us ko hava ka rukh batate

us ki sanson ki sifarish ki faza men ji rahe the

naaf us ki markaz-e-saql-e-zamana

pet us kaa, pet bharne ke vasael ka khazana

vo sadak se daftaron se aur gharon se

rengte baune uthata

apni kuhni aur kalai par chalata

hasab-e-mansha zaiqe ke taur par un ko chabata ja raha tha

us ka saaya chaar janib shahr par chhaya hua tha

haae vo kitna bada thaa!

jaan lekin us qavi-haikal ki us ke gardan-o-sar men na thi

jaan thi takhnon men us ki

us ke takhne

sard aur mahfuz tah-khane ki tah se thoda uupar

duur tak phaile hue be-ruh sahil par ayaan the

aur vahin ik dil-zada bezar ‘musa’

shahr ki sab se badi hotel ki chhat ko chhu na sakne se khafif

na-balad takhnon ki kamzori se dev-e-asr ki

apne imkan aur irade ke asa ki zarb se na-ashna

nim-murda sard be-his ret par soya hua tha

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