Ek shaKHs Raat Band-E-Qaba Kholta Raha

ik shaḳhs raat band-e-qabā kholtā rahā

shab kī siyāhiyoñ meñ shafaq gholtā rahā

tanhā.iyoñ meñ aatī rahī jab bhī us kī yaad

saaya sā ik qarīb mire Doltā rahā

husn-e-bahār ḳhuub magar dīda-e-bahār

motī chaman kī ḳhaak pe kyuuñ roltā rahā

us ne sukūt ko bhī takallum samajh liyā

kuchh is adā-e-ḳhās se dil boltā rahā

hijrāñ kī raat mashġhala-e-dil se pūchhiye

us zulf-e-ḳham-ba-ḳham kī girah kholtā rahā

ham kushtagān-e-ḳhvāb girāñ-gosh hī rahe

sūraj saroñ pe vaqt-e-sahar boltā rahā

is rāh-e-jazb se bhī guzarnā paḌā ‘zahīr’

jis raah meñ ḳhirad kā qadam Doltā rahā

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