Is Chehre Par Sham Zara Si Gahri Hai

safha-e-dil se tira naam mitane men mujhe der lagi

puuri ik umr ki der!

ashk-e-gham… qatra-e-khun… ab-e-masarrat se

mita kar dekha

rang-e-duniya bhi milaa… rang-e-tamanna bhi laga kar dekha

maktab-e-ishq men jitne bhi sabaq yaad kiye

yaad rahe

arsa-e-zist men khvabon ke kharabe the bahut

in kharabon men

khayalon ke nagar jitne bhi abad kiye

yaad rahe!

gosha-e-ranj men… hangama-e-duniya se pare

kaun ik hijr ke shishe men utarta tha

tire aks-e-dil-aram ke saath

kis ki ummid ke raste pe koi daera-e-nur na tha

kis ki mayus nigahon men bikharte the

tamanna ke ujale bhii… andheron ki tarah

roz-e-raushan men bhi ho jaati thi

kis dil ke mazafat men raat,

tu ne jaana hi nahin

aur tiri khud-sakhta be-khabari ko

qissa-e-dard sunane men mujhe der lagi

ansuon se mira aina-e-gham dhundlaya

ek sardaba-e-dauran men jo poshida-o-nadida rahi thi

ab tak

is tan-e-zar ko… vo zindagi hi bhuul gai

dil se lipti hui yak-rang udasi ke sabab

rang-o-ramish men basi zinda-dili bhuul gai

par tiri shakl bhulane men mujhe der lagi

puuri ik umr ki der

umr…

jo lamha-e-jan ke siva kuchh bhi na thi

umr… jo teri tamanna ke siva kuchh bhi na thi

bas vahi umr batane men… mujhe der lagi!

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