shad-azimabadi

Kuchh Kahe Jata Tha Gharq Apne Hi Afsane Mein Tha

kuchh kahe jaata tha gharq apne hi afsane men tha

marte marte hosh baaqi tere divane men tha

haae vo khud-raftagi uljhe hue sab sar ke baal

vo kisi men ab kahan jo tere divane men tha

jis taraf jaae nazar apna hi jalva tha ayaan

jism men ham the ki vahshi aina-khane men tha

boriya tha kuchh shabina mai thi ya tuute subu

aur kya is ke siva maston ke virane men tha

hanste hanste ro diya karte the sab be-ikhtiyar

ik nai tarkib ka dard apne afsane men tha

sun chuke jab haal mera le ke angdai kaha

kis ghazab ka dard zalim tere afsane men tha

duun ki leta to hai zahid magar main kya kahun

muttaqi saaqi se badh kar kaun mai-khane men tha

paas tha zanjir tak ka tauq par kya munhasir

vo kisi men ab kahan jo tere divane men tha

der tak main taktaki bandhe hue dekha kiya

chehra-e-saqii numayan saaf paimane men tha

haae parvane ka vo jalna vo rona shama ka

main ne roka varna kya aansu nikal aane men tha

khud-gharaz duniya ki halat qabil-e-ibrat thi ‘shad’

lutf milne ka na apne men na begane men tha

‘shad’ kuchh puchho na mujh se mere dil ke daagh ko

timtimata sa charagh ik apne virane men tha

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