balli-maran ke mohalle ki wo pechida dalilon ki si galiyan

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balli-maran ke mohalle ki wo pechida dalilon ki si galiyan
samne tal ki nukkad pe bateron ke qaside
gudgudati hui pan ki pikon mein wo dad wo wah wa
chand darwazon pe latke hue bosida se kuchh tat ke parde
ek bakri ke mimyane ki aawaz
aur dhundlai hui sham ke be-nur andhere sae
aise diwaron se munh jod ke chalte hain yahan
chudi-walan kai katre ki badi-bi jaise
apni bujhti hui aankhon se darwaze tatole
isi be-nur andheri si gali-qasim se
ek tartib charaghon ki shurua hoti hai
ek quran-e-sukhan ka safha khulta hai
asadullah-khan-'ghaalib' ka pata milta hai

mujhe andhere mein be-shak biTha diya hota

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mujhe andhere mein be-shak bitha diya hota
magar charagh ki surat jala diya hota
na raushni koi aati mere taaqub mein
jo apne-ap ko main ne bujha diya hota
ye dard jism ke ya-rab bahut shadid lage
mujhe salib pe do pal sula diya hota
ye shukr hai ki mere pas tera gham to raha
wagarna zindagi ne to rula diya hota

khuli kitab ke safhe ulaTte rahte hain

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khuli kitab ke safhe ulatte rahte hain
hawa chale na chale din palatte rahte hain
bas ek wahshat-e-manzil hai aur kuchh bhi nahin
ki chand sidhiyan chadhte utarte rahte hain
mujhe to roz kasauti pe dard kasta hai
ki jaan se jism ke bakhiye udhadte rahte hain
kabhi ruka nahin koi maqam-e-sahra mein
ki tile panw-tale se sarakte rahte hain
ye rotiyan hain ye sikke hain aur daere hain
ye ek duje ko din bhar pakadte rahte hain
bhare hain raat ke reze kuchh aise aankhon mein
ujala ho to hum aankhen jhapakte rahte hain

wo jo shaer tha

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wo jo shaer tha, chup sa rahta tha
bahki bahki si baaten karta tha
aankhen kanon pe rakh ke sunta tha
gungi khamoshiyon ki aawazen!
jama karta tha chand ke sae
gili gili si nur ki bunden
ok mein bhar ke khadkhadata tha
rukhe rukhe se raat ke patte
waqt ke is ghanere jangal mein
kachche pakke se lamhe chunta tha
han, wahi, wo ajib sa shaer
raat ko uth ke kuhniyon ke bal
chand ki thodi chuma karta hai!!
chand se gir ke mar gaya hai wo
log kahte hain khud-kushi ki hai