Ghussa Begana-War Hona Tha

ghussa begana-var hona tha

bas yahi tujh se yaar hona tha

your anger served to alienate

Love, why are you in such a state

kya shab-e-intizar hona tha

nahaq ummid-var hona tha

just waiting, evenings I did pass

why hopeful had to be alas

kyuun na hote aziiz ghair tumhen

meri qismat men ḳhvar hona tha

why wouldn’t rivals, you hold dear

shamed, I was destined to appear

mujh se jannat men vo sanam na mila

hashr aur ek baar hona tha

her, I, in heaven, did not meet

so let now judgement day repeat

gar na thi ai dil us ke ranj ki taab

kyuun shikayat-guzar hona tha

ḳhaak hota na main to kya karta

us ke dar ka ghubar hona tha

harza-gardi se ham zalil hue

charḳh ka e’tibar hona tha

marg-e-sham-e-visal-e-hirman hai

sub.h-dam jan-nisar hona tha

aur se ham-kanar hai dushman

aaj to ham-kanar hona tha

shikva-e-dahr par kaha tum ko

afat-e-rozgar hona tha

chashm-e-be-iḳhtiyar-e-janan men

kya mira iḳhtiyar hona tha

sabr kar sabr ho chuka jo kuchh

ai dil-e-be-qarar hona tha

has happened all that had to be

now patience, restless heart, merely

ku-e-dushman men ja pakadta kyuun

kya mujhe sharmsar hona tha

vo namak-pash bhi nahin hote

yuun hi dil ko figar hona tha

ḳhaak men haif ye sharab mile

mohtasib bada-ḳhvar hona tha

by spilling thus wine is abused

the censor too should have caroused

na gaya tir-e-nala su-e-raqib

murgh-e-arshi shikar hona tha

raat din baada o sanam ‘momin’

kuchh to parhez-gar hona tha

wine, women, nights and days enjoyed

should have at times tried to avoid

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