mirza-ghalib

Diya Hai Dil Agar Usko Bashar Hai Kya Kahiye

diya hai dil agar us ko bashar hai kya kahiye

hua raqib to ho nama-bar hai kya kahiye

he’s human, gave his heart to her, what can I even say

the messenger’s become my foe, so let him be this way

ye zid ki aaj na aave aur aae bin na rahe

qaza se shikva hamen kis qadar hai kya kahiye

it surely has to come some day, but insists not today

the grievance that I bear ‘gainst death, pray, how do I portray

rahe hai yuun gah-o-be-gah ki ku-e-dost ko ab

agar na kahiye ki dushman ka ghar hai kya kahiye

resides my rival all the time in my beloved’s street

thus calling it my foe’s abode, would then be only meet

zahe karishma ki yuun de rakkha hai ham ko fareb

ki bin kahe hain unhen sab khabar hai kya kahiye

tis miracle of beauty that she fools me in this way

claims that she knows what’s in my heart, and leaves me naught to say

samajh ke karte hain bazar men vo pursish-e-hal

ki ye kahe ki sar-e-rahguzar hai kya kahiye

she purposely, in the bazaar, seeks after my welfare

knowing full well that publicly, my plaints I will not air

tumhen nahin hai sar-e-rishta-e-vafa ka khayal

hamare haath men kuchh hai magar hai kya kahiye

of beginning of faithfulness, you have no least concern

there’s something in my fist but say, can you even discern?

unhen saval pe zom-e-junun hai kyuun ladiye

hamen javab se qat-e-nazar hai kya kahiye

why fight with her when she presumes, my pleas to be insane

to her replies I pay no heed, as naught I will obtain

hasad saza-e-kamal-e-sukhan hai kya kijiye

sitam baha-e-mata-e-hunar hai kya kahiye

alas! for excellence in verse, envy’s the punishment

what can one say, torture’s the price, for one’s accomplisment

kaha hai kis ne ki ‘ghalib’ bura nahin lekin

sivae is ke ki ashufta-sar hai kya kahiye

though there is no one who will say, Gaalib is good, but pray,

save for the fact frenzied in love, what else is there to say

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