Kise Khabar Jab Main Shahr-e-Jaan Se Guzar Raha Tha

kise ḳhabar jab main shahr-e-jan se guzar raha tha

zamin thi pahlu men suraj ik kos par raha tha

hava men ḳhushbuen meri pahchan ban gai thiin

main apni miTTi se phuul ban kar ubhar raha tha

ajiib sargoshiyon ka aalam tha anjuman men

main sun raha tha zamana tanqid kar raha tha

vo kaisi chhat thi jo mujh ko avaz de rahi thi

vo kya nagar tha jahan main chup-chap utar raha tha

main dekhta tha ki ungliyon men diye ki lau hai

main jagta tha ki rang ḳhvabon men bhar raha tha

ye baat alag hai ki main ne jhanka nahin gali men

ye sach hai koi sadaen deta guzar raha tha

ye chand be-harf-o-saut ḳhake mira asasa

main jin ko ghazlon ka naam de kar sanvar raha tha

zamana shabnam ke bhes men aaya aur dua di

main zard-rut men jab apni bahon men mar raha tha

mujhe kisi se naqab-zani ka ḳhatar nahin tha

main ‘aḳhtar’ apne hi jasad-e-ḳhaki se dar raha tha

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