Khwab

khule paniyon men ghiri ladkiyan

narm lahron ke chhinte udati hui

bat-be-bat hansti hui

apne ḳhvabon ke shahzadon ka tazkira kar rahi thiin

jo ḳhamosh thiin

un ki ankhon men bhi muskurahat ki tahrir thi

un ke honton ko bhi an-kahe ḳhvab ka zaiqa chumta thaa!

aane vaale nae mausamon ke sabhi pairahan nilmin ho chuke the!

duur sahil pe baithi hui ek nannhi si bachchi

hamari hansi aur maujon ke ahang se be-ḳhabar

ret se ek nanha gharaunda banane men masruf thi

aur main sochti thi

ḳhuda-ya! ye ham ladkiyan

kachchi umron se hi ḳhvab kyuun dekhna chahti hain

ḳhvab ki hukmarani men kitna tasalsul raha hai!

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