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Be-Karan Raat Ke Sannate Mein

tere bistar pe miri jaan kabhi

be-karan raat ke sannate men

jazba-e-shauq se ho jaate hain aaza madhosh

aur lazzat ki giran-bari se

zehn ban jaata hai daldal kisi virane ki

aur kahin is ke qarib

nind, aghaz-e-zamistan ke parinde ki tarah

khauf dil men kisi mauhum shikari ka liye

apne par taulti hai, chikhti hai

be-karan raat ke sannate men!

tere bistar pe miri jaan kabhi

arzuen tire siine ke kuhistanon men

zulm sahte hue habshi ki tarah rengti hain!

In the dead Silence of a Shoreless Night

ek lamhe ke liye dil men khayal aata hai

to miri jaan nahin

balki sahil ke kisi shahr ki doshiza hai

aur tire mulk ke dushman ka sipahi huun men

ek muddat se jise aisi koi shab na mili

ki zara ruuh ko apni vo subuk-bar kare!

be-panah aish ke haijan ka arman le kar

apne daste se kai roz se mafrur huun main!

ye mire dil men khayal aata hai

tere bistar pe miri jaan kabhi

be-karan raat ke sannate men!

Sometimes on your bed, my love

In the dead silence of a shoreless night

Limbs go lifeless with passion

And beneath this burden of pleasure

the mind sinks

Into a quagmire of some wilderness

And somewhere nearby

Sleep, like a bird fearing

Predators at Winter’s dawn

Prepares its wing, and screams

In the dead silence of a shoreless night

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