Ahmad Faraz

To Behtar Hai Yahi

ye tiri ankhon ki be-zari ye lahje ki thakan

kitne andeshon ki hamil hain ye dil ki dhadkanen

pesh-tar is ke ki ham phir se mukhalif samt ko

be-khuda-hafiz kahe chal den jhuka kar gardanen

aao us dukh ko pukaren jis ki shiddat ne hamen

is qadar ik dusre ke gham se vabasta kiya

vo jo tanhai ka dukh tha talkh mahrumi ka dukh

jis ne ham ko dard ke rishte men paivasta kiya

vo jo is gham se ziyada jan-gusil qatil raha

vo jo ik sail-e-bala-angez tha apne liye

jis ke pal pal men the sadiyon ke samundar maujzan

chikhti yaden liye ujde hue sapne liye

main bhi nakam-e-vafa tha to bhi mahrum-e-murad

ham ye samjhe the ki dard-e-mushtarak raas aa gaya

teri khoi muskurahat qahqahon men Dhal gai

mera gum-gashta sukun phir se mire paas aa gaya

tapti do-pahron men asuda hue baazu mire

teri zulfen is tarah bikhrin ghataen ho gaiin

tera barfila badan be-sakhta lau de utha

meri sansen shaam ki bhigi havaen ho gaiin

zindagi ki saaten raushan thiin shamon ki tarah

jis tarah se shaam guzre jugnuon ke shahr men

jis tarah mahtab ki vaadi men do saae ravan

jis tarah ghunghru chhanak utthen nashe ki lahr men

aao ye sochen bhi qatil hain to behtar hai yahi

phir se ham apne purane zahr ko amrit kahen

tu agar chahe to ham ik dusre ko chhod kar

apne apne be-vafaon ke liye rote rahen

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