uktae hue badan

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umr ki dhalti hui dopahar mein
thandi hawa ke jhonke ka ehsas bhi
aadmi ko taza-dam kar deta hai
aur agar sach-much khunuk hawaen
thakan-nasib jism se khelne lagen
to shab ki tariki khizab jaisi dikhai deti hai
aas-pas gardish karta hua sannata
aarzuon ki gahmagahmi se gunjne lagta hai
khwab tabiron ki talash mein bhatakne lagte hain
badan ki uktahaten chaupal ke shor-sharabe mein dub jati hain
dhalte hue suraj ki lali se suhag jode ki khushbu
aane lagti hai
lekin khwabida aarzuon ki shahrah se guzarte hue
log
apni manzil ka pata bhul jate hain
isi pata bhulne ko samaj
dharm aur mazhab ki aad le kar
aisi ba-huda galiyan deta hai
jo twaifon ke mohallon mein bhi nahin
sunai detin

safed sach

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us ki ungliyan hamesha sach bolti hain
bada yaqin tha use apni ungliyon par
un ke sachche hone par bhi bada naz tha
wo hamesha apni ungliyon ko
baaton baaton mein chum leti thi
ek din nadani mein us ne
apni ungliyan mere honton par rakh din
us din se us ki ungliyan sach nahin boltin
sirf jhut bolti hain

patthar ke honT

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kal raat
barish se jism
aur aansuon se
chehra bhig raha tha
us ke gham ki parda-dari
shayad khuda bhi karna chahta tha
lekin dhup nikalne ke baad
jism to sukh gaya
lekin aankhon ne
qudarat ka kahna manne se
bhi
inkar kar diya
us ke udas
hont patthar ke ho gae the
aur patthar muskura nahin sakte

mere school

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mere school meri yaadon ke paikar sun le
main tere waste rota hun barabar sun le
tere ustadon ne mehnat se padhaya hai mujhe
teri benchon ne hi insan banaya hai mujhe
na-tarashida sa hira tha tarasha tu ne
zehn-e-tarik ko bakhsha hai ujala tu ne
ilm ki jhil ka tairak banaya hai mujhe
khauf ko chhin ke bebak banaya hai mujhe
tujh se shafqat bhi mili tujh se mohabbat bhi mili
daulat-e-ilm mili mujh ko sharafat bhi mili
shafqaten aisi mili hain mujhe ustadon ki
parwarish karta ho jaise koi shahzadon ki
teri chahat mein main is darja bhi kho jata tha
teri benchon pe hi kuchh der ko so jata tha

lipstick

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us ki har baat
har ishaare
har kinae ko main aasani se
samajh leta tha
lekin pata nahin kyun us ne
mere likhe hue purane khutut mein
soe hue be-qusur lafzon ko
apni lal rang ki lipstick se
hara karne ki koshish ki hai
kyun

KHud-kalami

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kya zaruri hai ki hum phone pe baaten bhi karen
kya zaruri hai ki har lafz mahakne bhi lage
kya zaruri hai ki har zakhm se khushbu aae
kya zaruri hai wafadar rahen hum donon
kya zaruri hai dawa sari asar kar jae
kya zaruri hai ki har khwab hum achchha dekhen
kya zaruri hai ki jo chahen wahi ho jae
kya zaruri hai ki mausam ho hamara sathi
kya zaruri hai safar mein kahin saya bhi mile
kya zaruri hai tabassum yunhi maujud rahe
kya zaruri hai har ek rah mein jugnu chamkin
kya zaruri hai ki ashkon ko rawani bhi mile
kya zaruri hai ki milna hi muqaddar thahre
kya zaruri hai ki har roz milen hum donon
hum jahan ganw basaen wahan ek jhil bhi ho
kya zaruri hai mohabbat teri takmil bhi ho