safar ka silsila aaKHir kahan tamam karun

safar ka silsila aakhir kahan tamam karun
kahan charagh chalaun kahan qayam karun
sabhi ke sar pe hai rakkhi kulah nakhwat ki
qadon ki bhid mein kis kis ka ehtiram karun
hain jitne mohre yahan sare pitne wale hain
kise main shah karun apna kise ghulam karun
ajib shahr hai koi sukhan-shanas nahin
mata-e-fikr main mansub kis ke nam karun
mera shanasa hai koi na ham-zaban hai koi
dayar-e-ghair mein phir kis se main kalam karun
sajaun us ke liye ghar bichhaun palken 'zafar'
wo aa raha hai to kuchh main bhi ehtimam karun

pai hamesha ret bhanwar kaTne ke baad

pai hamesha ret bhanwar katne ke baad
tishna-labi ka lamba safar katne ke baad
kuchh aise kam-nazar bhi musafir hamein mile
jo saya dhundte hain shajar katne ke baad
fan ki hamare aaj bhi shohrat hai har taraf
wo mutmain tha dast-e-hunar katne ke baad
utri hui hai dhup badan ke hisar mein
qurbat ke faslon ka safar katne ke baad
shewa to zabt ka hai magar kya karun 'zafar'
badhti hai pyas aur bhi sar katne ke baad

labon par pyas sab ke be-karan hai

labon par pyas sab ke be-karan hai
har ek jaanib magar andha kuan hai
hai koi aks-e-rangin aaine par
jabhi to aaine mein kahkashan hai
kisi se koi bhi milta nahin ab
har ek insan yahan to bad-guman hai
firaq-o-wasl ka qissa nahin hai
adhuri kis qadar ye dastan hai
nahin kuchh bolte hain jabr sah kar
lage tarshi hui sab ki zaban hai
watan mein rah ke bhi hai be-watan ye
bahut mazlum ye urdu zaban hai
kisi ka dard bante gham mein roe
'zafar' ehsas logon mein kahan hai

har aadmi kahan auj-e-kamal tak pahuncha

har aadmi kahan auj-e-kamal tak pahuncha
uruj had se badha to zawal tak pahuncha
khud apne aap mein jhunjhla ke rah gaya aakhir
mera jawab jab us ke sawal tak pahuncha
ghubar-e-kizb se dhundla raha hamesha jo
wo aaina mere kab khadd-o-khal tak pahuncha
chalo na sar ko utha kar ghurur se apna
gira hai jo bhi bulandi se dhaal tak pahuncha
jise bharosa nahin tha udan par apni
wahi parinda shikari ke jal tak pahuncha
tawaf karte rahe sab hi raste mein magar
har ek shakhs hi gard-e-malal tak pahuncha
meri najat ka hoga 'zafar' wasila wahi
jo lafz nat ka mere khayal tak pahuncha

ek jumbish mein kaT bhi sakte hain

ek jumbish mein kat bhi sakte hain
dhaar par rakkhe sab ke chehre hain
ret ka hum libas pahne hain
aur hawa ke safar pe nikle hain
main ne apni zaban to rakh di hai
dekhun patthar ye nam bhi hote hain
aise logon se milna-julna hai
sanp jo aastin mein pale hain
koi pursan nahin ghamon ka 'zafar'
dekhne mein hazar rishte hain

ek ek pal tera nayab bhi ho sakta hai

ek ek pal tera nayab bhi ho sakta hai
hausla ho to zafar-yab bhi ho sakta hai
biphri maujon se ulajhne ka saliqa hai agar
ye samundar kabhi payab bhi ho sakta hai
umr tapte hue sahra mein basar ki jis ne
to sarabon se wo sairab bhi ho sakta hai
aap dariya ki rawani se na uljhen hargiz
tah mein us ke koi girdab bhi ho sakta hai
lakh moti hi sahi waqt ki gardish mein kabhi
qimti kitna ho be-ab bhi ho sakta hai
jis ko majbur hua hai to khurachne pe 'zafar'
teri aankhon ka hasin khwab bhi ho sakta hai