Self-Portrait

ek bahut ajiib aur gahri shaam men

main ne

zakhmi parinde ko divar ki munder par

sustate hue dekha

us ki ankhen nikli pad rahi thiin

aur zaban bahar nikal aai thi

main ne is se pahle bhi

aisa manzar kahin dekha tha

meri yad-dasht bahut kharab hai

mujhe kuchh yaad nahin rahta

haan

nae manzaron se milta julta

koi purana manzar

mujhe yaad aata hai

aise hi kisi manzar men

us parinde ki halat se

milti-julti

ek ladki ki tasvir

main ne

kaghaz par banana chahi

lekin parinda ud gaya

aur ladki

barahna ho gai

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