Ismail Merathi

Kachhwa Aur Khargosh

ek kachhve ke aa gai ji men

kijiye sair o gasht khushki ki

ja raha tha chala hua khamosh

us se nahaq ulajh pada khargosh

miyan kachhve! tumhari chaal hai ye

ya koi shamat aur vabal hai ye

yuun qadam phunk phunk dharte ho

goya uttu zamin pe dharte ho

kyuun hue chal ke muft men bad-nam

be-chale kya atak raha tha kaam

tum ko ye hausla na karna tha

chullu paani men Duub marna tha

ye tan-o-tosh aur ye raftar

aisi raftar par khuda ki maar

bola kachhva ki hon khafa na huzur

main to huun aap mo’tarif ba-qusur

agar ahistagi hai jurm-o-gunah

to main khud apne jurm ka huun gavah

mujh ko jo sakht sust farmaya

aap ne sab durust farmaya

mujh ko ghafil magar na janiyega

banda-parvar bura na maniyega

yuun zabani javab to kya duun

shart bad kar chalo to dikhla duun

tum to ho aftab men zarra

par mita dunga aap ka ghurra

sun ke khargosh ne ye talkh javab

kaha kachhve se yuun zi-ru-e-itab

tu kare meri ham-sari ka khayal

teri ye taab ye sakat ye majal

chyunti ke jo par nikal aae

to yaqin hai ki ab ajal aae

are bebak! bad-zaban munh-phat

tu ne dekhi kahan hai daud jhapat

jab main tezi se jast karta huun

shahsavaron ko past karta huun

gard ko meri bad-e-pa na lage

laakh daude mira pata na lage

rail huun barq huun chhalava huun

main chhalave ka balki baava huun

teri meri nibhegi sohbat kya

asman ko zamin se nisbat kya

jis ne bhugte hon turki o taazi

aaise mariyal se kya bade baazi

baat ko ab ziyada kya duun tuul

khair karta huun teri shart qubul

hai munasib ki imtihan ho jaae

taaki aib o hunar ayaan ho jaae

al-gharaz ik maqam thahra kar

hue donon harif garm-e-safar

bas-ki zoron pe tha chadha khargosh

tezi phurti se yuun badha khargosh

jis tarah jaae top ka gola

ya gire asaman se ola

ek do khet chaukdi bhar ke

apni chusti pe afrin kar ke

kisi goshe men so gaya ja kar

fikr ”kya hai chalenge susta kar”

aur kachhva gharib ahista

chala siine ko khaak par ghista

suui ghante ki jaise chalti hai

ya ba-tadrij chhanv Dhalti hai

yunhi chalta raha ba-istiqlal

na kiya kuchh idhar udhar ka khayal

kaam karta raha jo pai-dar-pai

kar gaya rafta rafta manzil tai

haif khargosh rah gaya sota

samra ghaflat ka aur kya hota

jab khuli aankh to savera tha

sakht sharmindagi ne ghera tha

sabr o mohabbat men hai sar-afrazi

sust kachhve ne jiit li baazi

nahin qissa ye dil-lagi ke liye

balki ibrat hai aadmi ke liye

hai sukhan is hijab men ru-posh

varna kachhva kahan kahan khargosh

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