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kya puchhte ho mujh se ki main kis nagar ka tha
jalta hua charagh meri rah-guzar ka tha
hum jab safar pe nikle the taron ki chhanw thi
phir apne ham-rikab ujala sahar ka tha
sahil ki gili ret ne bakhsha tha pairahan
jaise samundaron ka safar chashm-e-tar ka tha
chehre pe udti gard thi baalon mein rakh thi
shayad wo ham-safar mere ujde nagar ka tha
kya chikhti hawaon se ahwal puchhta
saya hi yaadgar mere ham-safar ka tha
yaksaniyat thi kitni hamare wajud mein
apna jo haal tha wahi aalam bhanwar ka tha
wo kaun tha jo le ke mujhe ghar se chal pada
surat khizar ki thi na wo chehra khizar ka tha
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shayad musafiron ko khatar baam-o-dar ka tha
kachche makan jitne the barish mein bah gae
warna jo mera dukh tha wo dukh umr bhar ka tha
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