dil-e-mahjur ko taskin ka saman na mila

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dil-e-mahjur ko taskin ka saman na mila
shahr-e-jaanan mein hamein maskan-e-jaanan na mila
kucha-gardi mein katin shauq ki kitni raaten
phir bhi us sham-e-tamanna ka shabistan na mila
puchhte manzil-e-salma ki khabar hum jis se
wadi-e-najd mein aisa koi insan na mila
yun to har rahguzar par the sitare raqsan
jis ki hasrat thi magar wo mah-e-taban na mila
lala-o-gul the bahut aam chaman mein lekin
dhundte the jise wo sarw-e-khiraman na mila
jis ke pardon se machalti ho wahi nikhat-e-shauq
be-khudi ki qasam aisa koi aiwan na mila
bakht-e-be-dar kahan jalwa-e-dil-dar kahan
khwab mein bhi hamein wo ghuncha-e-khandan na mila
bekasi tishna-labi dard-e-halawat-talabi
chandni-raat mein bhi chashma-e-haiwan na mila
yun to har dar pe hi kahte nazar aae daman
khinchte naz se jis ko wahi daman na mila
kis ke dar par na kiye sajde nigahon ne magar
hae taqdir wo ghaarat-gar-e-iman na mila
kaun se baam ko rah rah ke na dekha lekin
nigah-e-shauq ko wo mah-e-khiraman na mila
dar-e-jaanan pe fida karte dil-o-jaan 'akhtar'
wae bar-haal-e-dil-o-jaan dar-e-jaanan na mila

dil-e-diwana-o-andaz bebakana rakhte hain

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dil-e-diwana-o-andaz bebakana rakhte hain
gada-e-mai-kada hain waza aazadana rakhte hain
mujhe mai-khana tharraata hua mahsus hota hai
wo mere samne sharma ke jab paimana rakhte hain
ghataen bhi to bahki ja rahi hain in adaon par
chaman mein jo qadam rakhte hain wo mastana rakhte hain
ba-zahir hum hain bulbul ki tarah mashhur harjai
magar dil mein gudaz-e-fitrat-e-parwana rakhte hain
jawani bhi to ek mauj-e-sharab-e-tund-o-rangin hai
bura kya hai agar hum mashrab-e-rindana rakhte hain
kisi maghrur ke aage hamara sar nahin jhukta
faqiri mein bhi 'akhtar' ghairat-e-shahana rakhte hain

bujha sa rahta hai dil jab se hain watan se juda

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bujha sa rahta hai dil jab se hain watan se juda
wo sehn-e-bagh nahin sair-e-mahtab nahin
base hue hain nigahon mein wo hasin kuche
har ek zarra jahan kam ze-aftab nahin
wo bagh-o-ragh ke dil-chasp-o-dil-nashin manzar
ki jin ke hote hue khuld misl-e-khwab nahin
wo juebar-e-rawan ka tarab-faza pani
sharab se nahin kuchh kam agar sharab nahin
ba-rang-e-zulf pareshan wo mauj-ha-e-rawan
ki jin ki yaad mein raaton ko fikr-e-khwab nahin
sama rahe hain nazar mein wo mahw-shan-e-haram
haram mein jin ke sitare bhi baryab nahin
watan ka chhed diya kis ne tazkira 'akhtar'
ki chashm-e-shauq ko phir aarzu-e-khwab nahin

baja ki hai pas-e-hashr hum ko karenge pas-e-shabab pahle

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baja ki hai pas-e-hashr hum ko karenge pas-e-shabab pahle
hisab hota rahega yarab hamein manga de sharab pahle
faza-e-shab hans ke jagmagai wo naznin subh ban ke aai
hua hai raushan mere shabistan mein chand se aaftab pahle
zaban pe aaya na harf-e-matlab ki kah gain kuchh sharir nazren
sawal karne na pae hain hum ki mil gaya hai jawab pahle
jinan mein pahle-pahal piyega to ladkhadata phirega zahid
surur-e-kausar ki hai agar dhan jahan mein pi le sharab pahle
hai khusraw-e-ishq ka ye farman ki dil lagana nahin hai aasan
jise ho ku-e-butan ka arman wo ku-ba-ku ho kharab pahle
gham-o-alam ranj-o-yas-o-hasrat uthaunga sab ke rukh se parde
tumhein qasam hai dil hazin ki uthao to tum naqab pahle
ilahi wo bu-e-pairahan se bhi pahle ho ham-kanar aa kar
chaman mein hota hai jalwa-afroz phul se mahtab pahle
ye kis ke rang-e-rukh-e-bahaarin ne bakhsh di hai tarawat-e-nau
shagufta hota na tha gulistan mein us ada se gulab pahle
nigah-e-saqi ki muskurai kaha jab 'akhtar' ne apni dhan mein
piyenge pite rahenge mai-kash magar ye khana-kharab pahle

bahaar aai hai mastana ghaTa kuchh aur kahti hai

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bahaar aai hai mastana ghata kuchh aur kahti hai
magar un shokh nazron ki haya kuchh aur kahti hai
rihai ki khabar kis ne udai sehn-e-gulshan mein
asiran-e-qafas se to saba kuchh aur kahti hai
bahut khush hai dil-e-nadan hawa-e-ku-e-jaanan mein
magar hum se zamane ki hawa kuchh aur kahti hai
tu mere dil ki sun aaghosh ban kar kah raha hai kuchh
teri nichi nazar to jaane kya kuchh aur kahti hai
meri jaanib se kah dena saba lahore walon se
ki is mausam mein dehli ki hawa kuchh aur kahti hai
hui muddat ke mai-noshi se tauba kar chuke 'akhtar'
magar dehli ki mastana faza kuchh aur kahti hai