Aur Zara Kaj Meri Kulah to Hoti

aur zarā kaj mirī kulāh to hotī

zaat se bāhar kahīñ panāh to hotī

mujh ko agar zindagī ne kuchh na diyā thā

mere shab-o-roz kī gavāh to hotī

kho ga.ī manzil to ḳhair gard-e-safar meñ

jis pe maiñ chaltā rahā vo raah to hotī

ḳhauf-zada kaash koī mujh ko bhī rakhtā

mere liye bhī kahīñ panāh to hotī

lamha-e-maujūd dastaras meñ na hotā

lamha-e-maujūd par nigāh to hotī

aur mujhe ḳhalq se umiid hī kyā thī

merī nahīñ terī ḳhair-ḳhvāh to hotī

apne charāġhoñ kī taab dekhte ham bhī

raat tire hijr kī siyāh to hotī

us ne mujhe kar diyā ḳharāb to kyā hai

yuuñ bhī mirī zindagī tabāh to hotī

shahar se nisbat bhī kuchh nikāl hī lete

shahar ke logoñ se rasm-o-rāh to hotī

ḳhaak pe sonā hameñ qubūl thā ‘rāshid’

ḳhaak pe kuchh raunaq-e-giyāh to hotī

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