Is Zindagi Mein Kuchh to Tab-O-Tab Chahiye

is zindagī meñ kuchh to tab-o-tāb chāhiye

āñkhoñ ko roz ek nayā ḳhvāb chāhiye

is shahr-e-be-misāl kī galiyoñ ke saath saath

sar par ridā-e-anjum-o-mahtāb chāhiye

ḳhāmoshiyoñ ko izn-e-takallum jahāñ mile

vo bazm aur vo halqa-e-ahbāb chāhiye

lamha-ba-lamha lagte raheñ zaḳhm be-shumār

halqa-ba-halqa ik nayā girdāb chāhiye

dil meñ kisī ke ġham kī kamāneñ tanī raheñ

chehra magar ba-hālat-e-shādāb chāhiye

ai yād-e-yār abr kī sūrat kabhī baras

dariyā-e-dil ko dard kā sailāb chāhiye

gahre samundaroñ ke safar se patā chalā

jiinā ba-shakl-e-mauj tah-e-āb chāhiye

us shahryār-e-husn se kam-kam karo ḳhitāb

‘ashfāq’ ishq meñ had-e-ādāb chāhiye

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