Dasna Station Ka Musafir

kaun sa station hai?

Dasna hai sahib-ji

aap ko utarna hai?

”ji nahin, nahin,” lekin

Dasna to tha hi vo

mere saath ‘qisar’ thi

ye badi badi ankhen

ik talash men khoi

raat bhar nahin soi

jab main us ko pahunchane

is ujaad basti men

saath le ke aaya tha

main ne un se phir puchha

aap mustaqil shayad

Dasna men rahte hain?

”ji yahan pe kuchh meri

suut ki dukanen hain

kuchh taam-ḳhane hain”

main suna kiya baitha

bolta raha vo shaḳhs

”kuchh zamin-dari hai

mere baap daada ne

kuchh makan chhode the

un ko bech kar main ne

karobar khola hai

is haqir basti men

kaun aa ke rahta tha

lekin ab yahi basti

bambai hai dilli hai

qimaten zaminon ki

itni badh gaiin sahib

ik zamin hi kya hai

khane piine ki chizen

aam jiine ki chizen

bhaao das-gune hain ab”

bolta raha vo shaḳhs

”is qadar girani hai

aag lag gai jaise

asman had hai bas”

main ne chaunk kar puchha

asman mahl tha ik

sayyadon ki basti men

asman nahin sahib

ab mahl kahan hoga?

hans pada ye kah kar vo

mere zehn men us ki

baat pai-ba-pai gunji

”ab mahl kahan hoga

is dayar men shayad

‘qaisar’ ab nahin rahti

vo badi badi ankhen

ab na dekh pa.unga

mulk ka ye batvara

le gaya kahan us ko

devdhi ka sannata

aur hamari sargoshi

”mujh se kitne chhote ho”

main ne kuchh kaha tha phir

us ne kuchh kaha tha phir

hai raqam kahan vo sab

dard ki giran-jani

meri shola-afshani

us ki jalva-samani

hai raqam kahan vo ab

karb-e-zist sab mera

guftugu ka Dhab mera

us ka haath hathon men

le ke jab main kahta tha

ab chudao to janun

rasm-e-bevafai ko

aaj mo’tabar manun

us ko le ke bahon men

jhuk ke us ke chehre par

bhench kar kaha tha ye

bolo kaise niklogi

meri dastaras se tum

mere is qafas se tum

bhure badalon ka dal

duur udta jaata hai

ped par kahin baitha

ik parind gaata hai

”chil-chil” ik gilahri ki

kaan men khatakti hai

rail chalne lagti hai

raah ke daraḳhton ki

chhanv Dhalne lagti hai

”mujh se kitne chhote ho”

aur miri giran-goshi

devdhi ka sannata

aur hamari sargoshi

hai raqam kahan vo sab?

duur us parinde ne

apna giit dohraya

”aaj ham ne apna dil

ḳhuun kiya hua dekha

gum kiya hua paya”

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