Chaar Sal Baad

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

chabutre pe gard ki dabiz tah jami hui

guzarti saaton ke gham daron men chiḳhte hue

udaas khidkiyon ke rang dukh men bhigte hue

ye ḳhvab bistaraon ki chadaron men sukhte hue

vo phuul ek baar jis tarah yahan sajae the

usi tarah se un ke zard naqsh kanpte hue

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

hava na-jane kitni baar dar pe aa ke ja chuki

na-jane kitni baar khidkiyon pe dastaken huiin

na-jane kitne qahqahon ko log bhuul bhi chuke

chabutre pe gard ki dabiz tah ne kah diya

ki muddaton se yaan kisi ne dastan nahin likhi

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

haveliyon ka tumtaraq tuut kar bikhar chuka

chaman se ab bahar ka har ik nasha utar chuka

ananiyat shikast-ḳhurda ḳhamushi men Dhal chuki

aur aaj gumbadon men apni guunj sun rahi huun main

ki muddaton se ghar men muskurahaten na jal sakin

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

magar vo naam to kahin khude hue hain ped par

main roz-o-shab ki andhiyon ko apne ghar men hi rahun

main shaam ko udasiyon men ik daraḳht ke tale

purane naam chupke chupke yaad kar ke ro sakun

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

magar vo ped andhiyon men jaane kab ukhad gaya

na-jane kaun log is ko kaat kar chale gae

mujhe nahin ḳhabar ki is ki patiyan kahan gaiin

tane ki lakdiyan bhi kis machine men badal gaiin

vo naam paniyon ke raste kahan chale gae

phir aaj chaar saal baad usi jagah khadi huun main

main laut ja.ungi chabutre ki gard punchh kar

guzarti saaton ke gham-daron men chiḳh jaenge

udaas khidkiyon ke rang dukh men bhiig jaenge

ye ḳhvab bistaraon ki chadaron men suukh jaenge

main taaza phuul jis tarah se ab saja ke ja.ungi

vahi nuqush chaar saal baad kaanp jaenge

main ghurbaton ki qabr men ḳhamosh laut ja.ungi

ye umr be-kanar raston men biit jaegi

main ab ujaad bastiyon men laut ke na a.ungi

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