Khud-Kushi Karne Ka Agla Mansuba

tai hui thi ek mulaqat railway-track par

lekin rail-gadi ka engine musalsal khansta raha

platform number akhiri par

aur phans gae musafir ek dusre ki galiyon men

so yak-tarfa rahi mulaqat

khidki se bahar pukar raha tha asman

magar chitkhini aur frame ne jakad liya

ek dusre ka haath

aur habs badhta gaya

logon ki amad-o-raft ke saath

chulhe se der tak aati rahin

dhunki hui avazen

aur rangin chehre vaali news-caster ne

dohrai vahi baasi khabar

ki sardi ki shiddat ke baais

mahngi ho gai hai aag

is liye parhez kiya jaae aurten jalane se

pul par izhdiham tha traffic ka

lekin kisi hadse ko dikhai nahin di

hamari surat

aur ham niche utar aae chor darvaze se

dariya ko khali dekh kar

apni miad puuri kar chuki thiin

niind ki tamam davaen

is liye zabt kar li gaiin

aur khali stores men taliyan pitti rahin

sar-dard ki be-asar goliyan

mumkin hai phir se muntazir ho izrail

railway-track par

lekin ham sasti kitabon ke ambar se

talash kar chuke hain

maut ke manzar ke baad

likhe jaane vaala qimti nuskha

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