Qateel Shifai

Rahguzar

phir vahi badhte hue rukte hue qadmon ki chaap

phir vahi sahmi hui simti hui sargoshiyan

phir vahi bahki hui mahki hui si ahaten

phir vahi gaati si lahrati si kuchh madhoshiyan

zindagi tufan thi sailab thi bhaunchal thi

vaqt phir bhi karvaton par karvaten leta raha

qafile is raah par aate rahe jaate rahe

rahbar sab ko masafat ka sila deta raha

vo tabassum jis ko rote hain kai ujde suhag

ban raha hai ik lachakta khaar apne paanv men

vo nazar jo kal talak har jism ko Dasti rahi

aaj sustane lagi hai maslahat ki chhanv men

kitni ummidon ke madfan us ke hathon ban chuke

kitne armanon ke lashe us ne khud kafnae hain

aah ye maqtal ki jis ke pasbani ke liye!

kitne mustaqbil fana ke dosh par lahrae hain

kulfaton se tang aa kar be-khudi ki khoj men

qafile is raah par aate rahen jaate rahen

rahbar sab ko masafat ka sila deta rahe

rah-rau apne tajassus ka sila paate rahen

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