Ek Ladki

kaisa saḳht tufan tha

kitni tez barish thi

aur main aise mausam men

jaane kyuun bhatakti thi

vo sadak ke us janib

raushni ke khambe se!

sar lagae istada

aane vaale gahak ke

intizar men gum thii!

ḳhal-o-ḳhad ki araish

bah rahi thi barish men

tiir nok-e-mizhgan ke

mil gae the mitti men

gesuon ki ḳhush-rangi

ud rahi thi jhonkon men

main ne dil men ye socha

aab o baad ka rela!

us ko raakh kar dega

ye saja bana chehra!

kya Daravna hoga

phir bhi us ko le jaana

aane vaale gahak ka

apna hausla hoga

barishon ne jab us ka

rang-o-rup dho Daala

main ne Darte Darte phir

us ko ghaur se dekha

sidha-sada chehra tha

bhola-bhala naqsha tha

rang-e-kam-sini jis par

kaise dhul ke aaya tha

zard phuul sa patta

gesuon men uljha tha

shabnami sa ik qatra

aankh par larazta tha

raakh ki jagah us ja

ik diya sa julta tha

mujh ko yuun laga aise!

jaise meri beti ho

meri naaz ki paali

meri kokh-jai ho

Daal se bandha jhula

taaq men saji gudiyan

ghar men chhod aai ho

tez tez chalne par

main ne us ko toka ho

haath thaam lene par!

mera us ka jhagda ho

kho gai ho mele men

bah gai ho rele men

aur phir andhere men

apne ghar ka darvaza

ḳhud na dekh paai ho!

dafatan ye dil chaha

us ko god men bhar luun

le ke bhaag ja.un main

haath jod luun us ke

chuum luun ye peshani!

aur use mana.un main

phir se apne anchal ka

ghonsla bana.un main

aur use chhupa.un main

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