mirza-ghalib

Bas-Ki Dushwar Hai Har Kaam Ka Aasan Hona

bas-ki dushvar hai har kaam ka asan hona

aadmi ko bhi mayassar nahin insan hona

tis difficult that every goal be easily complete

For a man, too, to be human, is no easy feat

girya chahe hai kharabi mire kashane ki

dar o divar se tapke hai bayaban hona

My tears seek destruction of my humble abode

My hearth and home relentlessly does wilderness erode

va-e-divangi-e-shauq ki har dam mujh ko

aap jaana udhar aur aap hi hairan hona

Such is desire’s lunacy, I constantly repair

to her street, even tho it leads me to despair

jalva az-bas-ki taqaza-e-nigah karta hai

jauhar-e-aina bhi chahe hai mizhgan hona

Beauty does yet seek behold the favour of a glance

the lustre of the mirror seeks to be a lash perchance

ishrat-e-qatl-gah-e-ahl-e-tamanna mat puchh

id-e-nazzara hai shamshir ka uryan hona

Ask not the delight of those for martyrdom who wait

Unsheathing of the sword for them is cause to celebrate

le gae khaak men ham dagh-e-tamanna-e-nashat

tu ho aur aap ba-sad-rang-e-gulistan hona

With me into dust I took the scars of hopes forlorn

Now in your splendour joyously the garden you adorn

ishrat-e-para-e-dil zakhm-e-tamanna khana

lazzat-e-rish-e-jigar gharq-e-namak-dan hona

When the heart is wounded does its ecstacy exalt

Fortitude is filled with joy when wounds are dipped in salt

ki mire qatl ke baad us ne jafa se tauba

haae us zud-pashiman ka pasheman hona

After she had slain me then from torture she forswore

Alas! the one now quickly shamed was not so before

haif us chaar girah kapde ki qismat ‘ghalib’

jis ki qismat men ho ashiq ka gareban hona

Ghalib alas! that piece of cloth for whom destiny

Has ordained a fate that it, a lover’s collar be

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