snowman

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shahr ke khelte kudte nanhe munne se bachchon ne mil kar mujhe
barf ki ek pahadi se kata
tarasha
mere hath panw sajae
mujhe barf ke chhote chhote se golon se mazbut kar ke
bade pyar se
ek chaurahe pe la kar khada kar diya
mujh se kuchh der athkheliyan
dil-lagi ka bahana banin
aur phir
jaane kyun
chand bachchon ke abru uthe
shor-o-ghaugha hua
mere sar mere panw mere jism ke
chand gole bane
aur golon ko bachchon ne masum hathon se khud
ek ek kar ke udti hawa ke hawale kiya

samundar aur tishnagi

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samundar ke kinare
chandni raaton mein baitha
un hasin shamon ko akasr yaad karta hun
wo shamen jab wo mere sath hoti thi
samundar ki nihayat shokh lahron mein
ikatthe hum bhi patthar phenkte the
aur phir hum khilkhila kar hans dete the
magar ab chandni raaton mein jab main
sair ko jata hun tanhai ka kambal odh leta hun
samundar ke kinare jab bhi gahri soch mein dubun
udasi khamushi se pas aa kar baith jati hai
mere kandhe pe hamdardi se apna hath rakhti hai
wo kuchh kahti nahin lekin mujhe malum hai wo
is faza aur meri aankhon ki nami mahsus karti hai
nami jo muddaton ke baad bhi mujh ko bahut maghmum rakhti hai

KHwab-nagar

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mera man ek khwab-nagar hai
mere man ki galiyon, bazaron aur chaurahon mein
lafzon, rangon aur khushbuon ki
halki halki barish hoti rahti hai
mera man ek khwab-nagar hai
mere man mein
chah ke chashme
amn ki nahren
aas ke dariya
pyar samundar
har su bahte rahte hain
jin mein naha kar
apne bhi begane bhi
danai ki dhup mein lete
sehr-zada se rahte hain
mera man ek khwab-nagar hai
mere man mein
durweshon ka dera bhi hai
is dere par
shaer, sufi, papi, dana sab aate hain
kuchh sapne wo le jate hain
kuchh sapne wo de jate hain
in sapnon ki dharti se jab
ghazlon, nazmon, giton ke kuchh
phul khulin to barson phir wo
khwab-nagar ko mahkate hain
mera man ek khwab-nagar hai
mere man ki galiyon, bazaron aur chaurahon par
lafzon, rangon aur khushbuon ki
halki halki barish hoti rahti hai