nae sal ki subh

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ruh-e-insan ki jawan tishna-labi ki khatir
zang-alud tamannaon ki zanjir liye
phir sahar raat ke zindan se nikal aai hai
subh lai hai ujalon ka chhalakta hua jam
raat ki aankhon se tapka hai sitaron ka lahu
tira-o-tar faza dub gai hai khud mein
dur suraj ki sulagti hui aahon se pare
meri har fikr ki har soch ki rahon se pare
dil ki aankhon se pare meri nigahon se pare
phir wahi fikr-e-safar fikr-e-talab fikr-e-zawal
phir wahi tez masail wahi khunkhar sawal
phir siyah-posh tasawwur ka siyah-posh kamal
phir uthae hain tamannaon ne khwabon ke kafan
phir wahi pet ke manus taqazon ki chubhan
phir lahu roti hai iflas ki madquq dulhan
ruh-e-insan ki jawan tishna-labi ki khatir
zang-alud tamannaon ki zanjir liye
phir sahar raat ke zindan se nikal aai hai

kal hi ki baat nahin hoti

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dahliz par jo khwab tuta hai
wo kal ka to nahin tha
wo to na-jaane kitne salon se
naniyon dadiyon ne alhad aankhon mein jaga rakkha tha
ye jo diwar par lagi taswir achanak dhadam se niche gir gai hai
ye kal hi to nahin tangi gai thi
ye to us aaine mein salon se nazar aa rahi thi jo ladkiyan takiye ke niche
is ummid par rakh kar soti thin ki
is raat ke khwab mein un ke dulha ki shabih ubhregi
ye jo taswir gir kar tut gai hai ye sadiyon ki shabih ko bhi tod gai hai
ye jo kal dekhte hi dekhte aasman par ek baadal ka rang kala siyah pad gaya tha
ye baadal sirf kal hi to nahin aasman par aaya tha
ye collage ke aasman par nile rang mein na-jaane kitne salon se ruka hua tha
ye jo kal mohabbat aur e'timad ki tahrir dekhte hi dekhte kaghaz se ghaeb ho gai
wo sirf kal hi to nahin likhi gai thi
na-jaane kab se mohabbat ki kahaniyan likhne wale use safhat par utar rahe the
kal jo mere darwaze ke samne khadi sadak yakayak kahin aur mud gai
aur phir nazron se ojhal ho gai ye saneha sirf kal ka to nahin
us sadak ne to salon se rasta badalne aur ghaeb hone ki than rakhi thi
khwab taswir tahrir baadal aur sadak un ke tutne aur badalne ki baat
kal hi ki baat nahin hoti

apna saya

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jismon ke kho jaane
aur ruon ke badalne ke karb ne mujhe tamam-umr
andesha-e-ziyaa mein hi mubtala rakha
kal ke din ne mujh mein base sab khauf mar diye
chehre se naqab utra to sachchai sina tane mere samne aa khadi hui
khud se bichhdi hui thi ab khud se aa mili hun
mera saya mujh mein nau phata ho kar jag gaya hai aur
wo mera hath thame baitha hai
ab wahi mor-pankh wahi jhil wahi murghabi ke bachche
akhrot khati gilahri aur rang bikherti titli
mera saya
yahi sab murda manazir ko mere andar hanut kar ke baith gaya hai
ab apne hi sae ki panah mein hun
jis ke na badalne ka dar na bichhadne ka wahm
ek sa bas mujh mein hi rahega
mera hi rahega
is liye
ab tanhai se dar nahin lagta
ab judai se dar nahin lagta
ab main apni panah mein hun

ab Dar nahin lagta

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ek dar tha tanhai ka
ek dar tha judai ka
jo musalsal mere sath rahta tha
kal ka din jo guzar gaya
bahut bhaari lagta tha
lagta tha kisi aise din ka bojh utha na paungi
aadhe-adhure raste mein hi mar jaungi
magar kal ka din bhi aa hi gaya
aur ret ka wo gharaunda sath hi baha le gaya
jis mein rakhe the main ne
rang-ba-rang ke pyare patthar
titliyon ke par aur mor ke pankh
phulon ke sab rang
aur aasman ki dhanak
gilahri ka adh khaya akhrot
man ke paron tale baithe murghabi ke bachche
us gharaunde par utri dhup jis ne mujh se mera saya juda kar diya tha
kal jab wo sab be-rahm waqt ki maujon ke sath bah gaya
aur chaar-su qabr jaisa andhera phail gaya
to safed dhup jate jate ek ehsan kar gai
wo mujh ko mera saya lauta gai
aur main marte marte bach gai warna
main to aise kal mein mar hi jati
aawazon ke bichhadne se

zaban par zaiqa do paniyon ka hai

zaban par zaiqa do paniyon ka hai
samundar darmiyan hota to is se puchhte
kis samt jaega musafir kal
khunuk pani ke bajre par namak ki garm lahron mein
akela jaane wala jis taraf bhi jaega tanha nahin hoga
mohabbat paniyon par khelti hogi
so ye jal-makdiyon ki jal-sazi thi
ki sahil se ulajh kar log lahron mein utarte
aur un ko khauf hota aansuon ke paniyon mein khushk hone ka
main in ko paniyon ki nazr karta hun
so ai aadhe badan ki mehrban machhli
tum apne aansuon ko khushk mat karna
mohabbat paniyon par khelti hogi
aur us ka zaiqa khul jaega
jis waqt jaega musafir kal
khunuk pani ke bajre par namak ki garm lahron mein

yaKH-zada ungliyan

yakh-zada ungliyan
tah-ba-tah barf ki chadaron se ubharti hui
barf is sal itni padi hai
ki raste ke sab pech-o-kham chhup gae hain
aur ladkiyan
dur pur-nur lambe darichon se jab barf mein yakh-zada ungliyan
dekhti hain to ye puchhti hain
ki is barf se phul kaise khila
konplen kaise phutin
zamin banjh thi kis tarah yak-ba-yak hamila ho gai