aasman KHak-dan

rakh udati hui
aur bin khak-dan koi jalta nahin
is sitare ke us par bhi koi jalta to hoga kisi aasman ke tale
khwab ne raston par diye rakh diye
main ne har sham dekha
ki tum aae the
aur mil kar gae
aur har sham ek tar-e-kafash-o-kulah jal gaya
ek jalta hua silsila jal gaya
han magar ek diya sa uthae rakho
tar-e-kafash-o-kulah ke qarin
ek diya sa jalae rakho
aasman khak-dan

agar tum do-qadam upar gae

agar tum do-qadam upar gae baadal ko chhu loge
kahin barish mein barsoge
kisi patthar pe raunde jaoge
chhat se giroge
chhatriyon par sukh jaoge
nikalengi tumhein ghar waliyan ghar se
utha kar dal dengi dhup mein
un guddiyon ke sath
jin ko chhod kar tum do-qadam upar gae the ek din
jab habs tha aur log bahar so rahe the

apne nam ek nazm

use dukh ke sath byaha gaya
ki jab aankh khuli to sar par suraj jalti nand mein dhul
ise dhup ke sath byaha gaya
ki jo sham pade se din guzre tak soti thi
use nind ke sath byaha gaya
ki jo aaj ke khwab se kal ke khwab ka sauda karti thi
use byah ke sath byaha gaya
ki jo kasht uthati dhup mein baithi sae se baaten karti thi
use sae ke sath byaha gaya
mallahon ne us ki aankhon ki tarif nahin ki
bachche us ko dekh ke ruke nahin
ladkiyan us ke libas pe chaunkin nahin
use yun dafnaya jaise machhliyan jal se jal mein dalte hain
use yun nahlaya jaise barish aabi paudon ko nahla kar khush hoti hai
use sham ke sath widaa kiya
jab chand ghane baadal mein chhupta phirta tha
aur aankhen chunne wali machhliyan chuni gai thin
aur naw ne naw ke sath gunah kiya tha
mitti pani ke bete ye sab kuchh dekh chuke hote to dahshat se pahle mar jate
ye dariya din se darwaze par ruka hua hai
din jo aagahi hai
subh ko bistar tah karne
dhup mein toshak phailane
kapde bistar-band sukhane
raat ki batti gul karne
zanjir hila kar dekhne ki aagahi
ye dariya din se darwaze par ruka hua hai
ye dariya raat ko andar dar aaega
raat ajab pachhtawa hai
apne dusre ki pahchan ka
din ko ghar aane
ek nasl ka qarz utarne
kante chubh kar mar jaane ka pachhtawa
ye raat ye din kya tabad-tod guzarte hain
jab upar pani chalta hai
aur niche mitti soti hai
aur koi man mein pukarta hai
maula mujh ko baadal kar de
aur ek pichhli raat achanak chikh kisi ko aa leti hai
aur ghar ka ghar uth jata hai
aur din ke bahlawe mein raat bitai jati hai
is mausam pani aage aaega tum ghar mein mat sona
jab chhat ki khachchi jhuk jae
aur pani chhal-chhal dikhta ho
tab bahar sona achchha rahta hai
phir mausam apne mausam ho jate hain
aur rut kannya pazeb utar ke phenkti hai
phir koi kisi se ye nahin kahta
maula mujh ko baadal kar de
ya soti mitti
ya chalta pani
phir koi kisi se kuchh nahin kahta
phir sab apni sunte hain
phir baadal barish raat zamin sab ek chadar mein sote hain
aur ek chadar mein chalte hain
aur hote hain aur nahin hote hain
aur lafz ka wahid sarmaya khamoshi hai
aur jo lafz nahin sunte hain khamoshi bhi nahin sunte hain
jab pahlu-dar sutun se tek lagae ladki soti hai
aur hauz ke pas khade shahzade
aur un ki bandiyan
aur sara shahr
is aan kahin chupke se un mein ho jaana
aur nahin kahna main aaya hun
achchha hai
aagahi aur pachhtawe aur aisi maut se jo yaksar na-malum mein hai

asiri

din baadal hai apni rau mein chalta hai
raat aangan hai apne andar khulti hai
jis aan tum is mitti par ya mitti mein aae the
wo din tha raat thi
ya din-raat se milne ki ek azali abadi koshish thi
ya suraj chand-gahan tha
ya pakki puri barish thi
din baadal barish raat gahan
ek ghar aur ek asir
ab raat ke khwab se mat darna
aur din ke gham mein mat sona
ab hansna aur hanste mein mar jaana
jaise aksar marne wale sote mein mar jate hain
ab hansna aur hanste mein mar jaane se mat darna
is aan se kya har aan yahi
din baadal barish raat gahan
ek ghar aur ek asir

aur pani Thahar gaya

aur pani thahar gaya aankhon mein chehra siyah hua
aur aankhen phail gain
aur aankhen phail gain aankhon mein hona gunah hua
us din sare likhne wale ghar aae aur lut gae
aur sab ki aankhen thahar gain aur sab ka chehra phail gaya
mahi-giron ne us din be-andaza jal bune
aur bachche bhuke hi soe
aur maen bistar ban kise chup let gain
aur jab mahi-giron ki basti mein raat aai
sab jal samete ghar aae aur laut gae
aur sab ki aankhen thahar gain aur sab ka chehra phail gaya
ye raat samundar par se ho kar aai thi
so beach samundar thahar gai
us raat ki jis ne baat likhi wo ghar na gaya
wo beach samundar thahar gaya
wo mitti ki zanjiron se aazad hua
so aane wala kal jo nahin hai us ka hai
jab barf saron par aaegi tum jagoge
aur pichhle uni moze kaam na denge
aur shaalen sarsar khulti jaengi
aur biwiyan dar kar uthengi
ai pichhli rut ke chalne wale lut chalo
murde mardon ko khud dafn karenge
jab bache shakhon par palte hon barish ka kya khauf
han barish sagar ka pahla harkara hai
aur kilon ki ye jodi ladke kal tak sath na degi
wo aankhen miche hansti hai aur soti hai
ladke jaldi ghar aa jaana
pani thahar gaya hai
aur ladka ghar na gaya
wo ladka ghar na gaya
aur dekhne walon ne dekha
wo barf ke tude khinchta tha aur rota tha
aur ghar pani ke beach jhakole khata tha
pani jo thahar gaya

aur phir chand nikalta hai

aur phir chand nikalta hai
aur phir sara shahr simat kar tere ghar ka aangan ban jata hai
aur sham se pahle so jaane wale bachche jag uthte hain
aur main tere sath na jaane kis kis ghar mein jata hun
kin kin logon se milta hun
aur tu sath nahin hota hai
aur mein tanha hi rahta hun
aur yun pichhli raat ka pila chand meri dahliz pe kachcha sona bikhraata hai
bhule-bisre chehre aankhen malte uthte hain
aur main thande darwaze se lag kar so jata hun
agle din main kho jata hun
aur phir chand nikalta hai
aur phir sara shahr simat kar tere ghar ka aangan ban jata hai
aur phir main so jata hun