Ek Ladka

dayar-e-sharq ki abadiyon ke unche tilon par

kabhi aamon ke baghon men kabhi kheton ki menDon par

kabhi jhilon ke paani men kabhi basti ki galiyon men

kabhi kuchh niim uryan kam-sinon ki rang-raliyon men

sahar-dam jhutpute ke vaqt raton ke andhere men

kabhi melon men natak-toliyon men un ke dere men

taaqub men kabhi gum titliyon ke suuni rahon men

kabhi nanhe parindon ki nahufta ḳhvab-gahon men

barhana paanv jalti ret yaḳh-basta havaon men

gurezan bastiyon se madrason se ḳhanqahon men

kabhi ham-sin hasinon men bahut ḳhush-kam o dil-rafta

kabhi pechan bagula saan kabhi jyuun chashm-e-ḳhun-basta

hava men tairta ḳhvabon men badal ki tarah udta

parindon ki tarah shaḳhon men chhup kar jhulta mudta

mujhe ik ladka avara-manush azad sailani

mujhe ik ladka jaise tund chashmon ka ravan paani

nazar aata hai yuun lagta hai jaise ye bala-e-jan

mira ham-zad hai har gaam par har mod par jaulan

ise ham-rah paata huun ye saae ki tarah mera

taaqub kar raha hai jaise main mafrur mulzim huun

ye mujh se puchhta hai aḳhtar-ul-iman tum hi ho

ḳhuda-e-izz-o-jal ki nematon ka mo’tarif huun main

mujhe iqrar hai us ne zamin ko aise phailaya

ki jaise bistar-e-kam-ḳhvab ho diba-o-maḳhmal ho

mujhe iqrar hai ye ḳhema-e-aflak ka saaya

usi ki baḳhshishen hain us ne suraj chand taron ko

fazaon men sanvara ik had-e-fasil muqarrar ki

chatanen chiir kar dariya nikale ḳhak-e-asfal se

miri taḳhliq ki mujh ko jahan ki pasbani di

samundar motiyon mungon se kanen laal-o-gauhar se

havaen mast-kun ḳhushbuon se maamur kar di hain

vo hakim qadir-e-mutlaq hai yakta aur daana hai

andhere ko ujale se juda karta hai ḳhud ko main

agar pahchanta huun us ki rahmat aur saḳhavat hai

usi ne khusravi di hai laimon ko mujhe nakbat

usi ne yava-goyon ko mira ḳhazin banaya hai

tavangar hirzah-karon ko kiya daryuza-gar mujh ko

magar jab jab kisi ke samne daman pasara hai

ye ladka puchhta hai aḳhtar-ul-iman tum hi ho

maishat dusron ke haath men hai mere qabze men

juz ik zehn-e-rasa kuchh bhi nahin phir bhi magar mujh ko

ḳharosh-e-umr ke itmam tak ik baar uthana hai

anasir muntashir ho jaane nabzen Duub jaane tak

nava-e-sub.h ho ya nala-e-shab kuchh bhi gaana hai

zafar-mandon ke aage rizq ki tahsil ki ḳhatir

kabhi apna hi naghma un ka kah kar muskurana hai

vo ḳhama-sozi shab-bedariyon ka jo natija ho

use ik khote sikke ki tarah sab ko dikhana hai

kabhi jab sochta huun apne baare men to kahta huun

ki tu ik aabla hai jis ko aḳhir phuut jaana hai

gharaz gardan huun bad-e-sub.h-gahi ki tarah lekin

sahar ki aarzu men shab ka daman thamta huun jab

ye ladka puchhta hai aḳhtar-ul-iman tum hi ho

ye ladka puchhta hai jab to main jhalla ke kahta huun

vo ashufta-mizaj andoh-parvar iztirab-asa

jise tum puchhte rahte ho kab ka mar chuka zalim

use ḳhud apne hathon se kafan de kar farebon ka

isi ki arzuon ki lahad men phenk aaya huun

main us ladke se kahta huun vo shoala mar chuka jis ne

kabhi chaha tha ik ḳhashak-e-alam phunk Dalega

ye ladka muskurata hai ye ahista se kahta hai

ye kizb-o-iftira hai jhuut hai dekho main zinda huun

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