tanhai ki gali mein hawaon ka shor tha

tanhai ki gali mein hawaon ka shor tha
aankhon mein so raha tha andhera thaka hua
sine mein jaise tir sa paiwast ho gaya
tha kitna dil-kharash udasi ka qahqaha
yun bhi hua ki shahr ki sadkon pe bar-ha
har shakhs se main apna pata puchhta phira
barson se chal raha hai koi mere sath sath
hai kaun shakhs us se main ek bar puchhta
dil mein utar ke bujh gai yaadon ki chandni
aankhon mein intizar ka suraj pighal gaya
chhodi hai un ki chah to ab lag raha hai yun
jaise main itne roz andheron mein qaid tha
main ne zara si baat kahi thi mazaq mein
tum ne zara si baat ko itna badha liya
kamre mein phailta raha cigarette ka dhuan
main band khidkiyon ki taraf dekhta raha
'azar' ye kis ki samt badhe ja rahe hain log
is shahr mein to mere siwa koi bhi na tha

uski aankhon mein utar jaane ko ji chahta hai

us ki aankhon mein utar jaane ko ji chahta hai
sham hoti hai to ghar jaane ko ji chahta hai
kisi kam-zarf ko ba-zarf agar kahna pade
aise jine se to mar jaane ko ji chahta hai
ek ek baat mein sachchai hai us ki lekin
apne wadon se mukar jaane ko ji chahta hai
qarz tute hue khwabon ka ada ho jae
zat mein apni bikhar jaane ko ji chahta hai
apni palkon pe sajae hue yaadon ke diye
us ki nindon se guzar jaane ko ji chahta hai
ek ujde hue viran khandar mein 'azar'
na-munasib hai magar jaane ko ji chahta hai

aaghaz

kin khayalat mein yun rahti ho khoi khoi
chae ka pani patili mein ubal jata hai
rakh ko hath lagati ho to jal jata hai
ek bhi kaam saliqe se nahin ho pata
ek bhi baat mohabbat se nahin kahti ho
apni har ek saheli se khafa rahti ho
raat bhar nawilen padhti ho na jaane kis ki
ek jampar nahin si pai ho kitne din se
bhai ka hath bhi ghusse se jhatak deti ho
mez par yun hi kitabon ko patak deti ho
kin khayalat mein yun rahti ho khoi khoi