pichhle-pahar ke sannaTe mein

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pichhle pahr ke sannate mein
kis ki siski kis ka nala
kamre ki khamosh faza mein dar aaya hai
zor hawa ka tut chuka hai
khule dariche ki jali se
nannhi nannhi bunden chhan kar
sab konon mein phail gai hain
aur mere ashkon se
un ke hath ka takiya bhig gaya hai
kitni zalim
kitni gahri tariki hai
khula daricha thar-thar-thar-thar kanp raha hai
bhigi mitti saundhi khushbu chhod rahi hai
ude baadal
kale ambar ki jhilon mein dub gae hain
kis ke rukhsaron ki larzish dekh raha hun
kis ki zulfon ki shiknon se khel raha hun
chupke chupke lete lete soch raha hun
pichhle pahr ka sannata hai
kis ki siski kis ka nala
kamre ki khamosh faza mein dar aaya hai
ghane darakhton mein purwa ki siti gunji
do dikshon mein qaidi ruhen chikh rahi hain
konon mein dubke hue jhingar chillate hain
mehrabon se bhuton ke sar takraate hain
qile ke ek burj ke andar
ek pari (shilat ki rani)
khandaq ke an-dekhe pani ki gahrai
andeshe ke baalishton se map rahi hai
mazi ki dewdhi ki chilman
khule dariche ki jali se
chhan chhan aaen
rup ki jot hina ki lali kal ki yaaden
saundhi khushbu thandi bunden
kal ke basi aansu jin se
farda ke baalin ka parda bhig raha hai
sehr-zada mahbus hasina
sapnon ke shilat ki rani
aainon mein husn-e-shikasta dekh rahi hai
kitne chehre tute tute
pahchane an-pahchane se
aage pichhe aage pichhe bhag rahe hain
qile ke aaseb ki surat kis ki siski kis ka nala
kamre ki khamosh faza mein dar aaya hai
bichhde logo piyare logo
chahen bhi to nam tumhaare jaan sakenge?
kaise manen tum ko hamare
ji lene ki mar lene ki
khushi hui afsos hua hai
tum kya jaano
kis ke hath ka takiya
kis ke garm ashkon se bhig raha hai
khule dariche ki jali se chimti aankho
ek lamhe ke kaunde mein tum
kin kin ajnabi chizon ko pahchan sakogi
jiwan-khel mein haare logo
bichhde logo piyare logo
barkha ki lambi raaton mein
kamre ki khamosh faza mein
pichhle pahr ke sannate mein
rote rote jagne wale
hum logon ko so lene do
aur sawera ho lene do

phir sham hui

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phailta phailta sham-e-gham ka dhuan
ek udasi ka tanta hua saeban
unche unche minaron ke sar pe rawan
dekh pahuncha hai aakhir kahan se kahan
jhankta surat-e-khail-e-awargan
ghurfa ghurfa bahr kakh-o-ku shahr mein
dafatan sail-e-zulmat ko chirta
jal utha dur basti ka pahla diya
panchhiyon ne bhi pachchhim ka rasta liya
khair jao azizo magar dekhna
ek jugnu bhi mishal si le ke chala
hai use bhi koi justuju shahr mein?
aasman par rawan surmai baadalo
han tumhin kya udo aur unche udo
bagh-e-alam ke taza shagufta gulu
be-niyazana mahka karo khush raho
lekin itna bhi socha, kabhi zalimo!
hum bhi hain aashiq-e-rang-o-bu shahr mein
koi dekhe ye majburiyan duriyan
ek hi shahr mein hum kahan tum kahan
doston ne bhi chhodi hain dil-dariyan
aaj waqf-e-gham-e-ulfat-e-raegan
hum jo phirte hain wahshat-zada sargiran
the kabhi sahib-e-abru shahr mein
log tanon se kya kya jatate nahin
aise rahi to manzil ko pate nahin
ji se ek dusre ko bhulate nahin
samne bhi magar aate jate nahin
aur jaen to aankhen milate nahin
hae kya kya nahin guftugu shahr mein
chand nikla hai daghon ki mishal liye
dur girja ke minaron ki ot se
aa meri jaan aa ek se do bhale
aaj phere karen kucha-e-yar ke
aur hai kaun dard-ashna baware!
ek main shahr mein, ek tu shahr mein

log puchhenge

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log puchhenge kyun udas ho tum
aur jo dil mein aae so kahiyo!
'yunhi mahaul ki girani hai'
'din khizan ke zara udas se hain'
kitne bojhal hain sham ke sae
un ki babat khamosh hi rahiyo
nam un ka na darmiyan aae
nam un ka na darmiyan aae
un ki babat khamosh hi rahiyo
'kitne bojhal hain sham ke sae'
'din khizan ke zara udas se hain'
'yunhi mahaul ki girani hai'
aur jo dil mein aae sau kahiyo
log puchhenge kyun udas ho tum?

lab par nam kisi ka bhi ho

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lab par nam kisi ka bhi ho, dil mein tera naqsha hai
ai taswir banane wali jab se tujh ko dekha hai
be-tere kya wahshat hum ko, tujh bin kaisa sabr o sukun
tu hi apna shahr hai jaani tu hi apna sahra hai
nile parbat udi dharti, chaaron kut mein tu hi tu
tujh se apne ji ki khalwat tujh se man ka mela hai
aaj to hum bikne ko aae, aaj hamare dam laga
yusuf to bazar-e-wafa mein, ek tike ko bikta hai
le jaani ab apne man ke pairahan ki girhen khol
le jaani ab aadhi shab hai, chaar taraf sannata hai
tufanon ki baat nahin hai, tufan aate jate hain
tu ek narm hawa ka jhonka, dil ke bagh mein thahra hai
ya tu aaj hamein apna le, ya tu aaj hamara ban
dekh ki waqt guzarta jae kaun abad tak jita hai
farda mahz fusun ka parda, hum to aaj ke bande hain
hijr o wasl, wafa aur dhoka sab kuchh aaj pe rakkha hai

kya dhoka dene aaogi

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hum banjare dil wale hain
aur painth mein dere dale hain
tum dhoka dene wali ho?
hum dhoka khane wale hain
is mein to nahin sharmaogi?
kya dhoka dene aaogi?
sab mal nikalo, le aao
ai basti walo le aao
ye tan ka jhuta jadu bhi
ye man ki jhuti khushbu bhi
ye tal banate aansu bhi
ye jal bichhate gesu bhi
ye larzish dolte sine ki
par sach nahin bolte sine ki
ye hont bhi, hum se kya chori
kya sach-much jhute hain gori?
in ramzon mein in ghaton mein
in wadon mein in baaton mein
kuchh khot haqiqat ka to nahin?
kuchh mail sadaqat ka to nahin?
ye sare dhoke le aao
ye pyare dhoke le aao
kyun rakkho khud se dur hamein
jo dam kaho manzur hamein
in kanch ke mankon ke badle
han bolo gori kya logi?
tum ek jahan ki ashrafiyan?
ya dil aur jaan ki ashrafiyan?

kuchh de ise ruKHsat kar

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kuchh de ise rukhsat kar kyun aankh jhuka li hai
han dar pe tere maula! 'insha' bhi sawali hai
is baat pe kyun is ki itna bhi hijab aae
fariyaad se be-bahra kashkol se khali hai
shaer hai to adna hai, aashiq hai to ruswa hai
kis baat mein achchha hai kis wasf mein aali hai
kis din ka murshid hai, kis kesh ka mojid hai
kis shahr ka shahna hai kis des ka wali hai?
tazim ko uthte hain is waste dil wale
hazrat ne mashikhat ki ek tarah nikali hai
aawara o sargardan kafani-ba-gulu-pechan
daman bhi durida hai guddi bhi sambhaali hai
aawara hai rahon mein, duniya ki nigahon mein
izzat bhi mita li hai tamkin bhi ganwa li hai
aadab se begana, dar aaya hai diwana
ne hath mein tohfa hai, ne sath mein dali hai
bakhshish mein tammul hai aur aankh jhuka li hai
kuchh dar pe tere maula, ye baat nirali hai
'insha' ko bhi rukhsat kar, 'insha' ko bhi kuchh de de
'insha' se hazaron hain, 'insha' bhi sawali hai