wo laDki

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wo ladki yaad aati hai
jo honton se nahin pure badan se baat karti thi
simatte waqt bhi chaaron dishaon mein bikharti thi
wo ladki yaad aati hai
wo ladki ab na jaane kis ke bistar ki kiran hogi
abhi tak phul ki manind hogi ya chaman hogi
sajili raat
ab bhi
jab kabhi ghunghat uthati hai
lachakti kahkashan jab bante bante tut jati hai
koi albeli khushbu baal khole muskuraati hai
wo ladki yaad aati hai

waqt se pahle

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yun to har rishte ka anjam yahi hota hai
phul khilta hai
mahakta hai
bikhar jata hai
tum se waise to nahin koi shikayat
lekin
shakh ho sabz
to hassas faza hoti hai
har kali zakhm ki surat hi juda hoti hai
tum ne
be-kar hi mausam ko sataya warna
phul jab khil ke mahak jata hai
khud-ba-khud
shakh se gir jata hai

walid ki wafat par

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tumhaari qabr par
main fatiha padhne nahin aaya
mujhe malum tha
tum mar nahin sakte
tumhaari maut ki sachchi khabar jis ne udai thi
wo jhuta tha
wo tum kab the
koi sukha hua patta hawa se mil ke tuta tha
meri aankhen
tumhaare manzaron mein qaid hain ab tak
main jo bhi dekhta hun
sochta hun
wo wahi hai
jo tumhaari nek-nami aur bad-nami ki duniya thi
kahin kuchh bhi nahin badla
tumhaare hath meri ungliyon mein sans lete hain
main likhne ke liye
jab bhi qalam kaghaz uthata hun
tumhein baitha hua main apni hi kursi mein pata hun
badan mein mere jitna bhi lahu hai
wo tumhaari
laghzishon nakaamiyon ke sath bahta hai
meri aawaz mein chhup kar
tumhaara zehn rahta hai
meri bimariyon mein tum
meri lachaariyon mein tum
tumhaari qabr par jis ne tumhaara nam likha hai
wo jhuta hai
tumhaari qabr mein main dafn hun
tum mujh mein zinda ho
kabhi fursat mile to fatiha padhne chale aana

suna hai maine

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suna hai main ne!
kai din se tum pareshan ho
kisi khayal mein
har waqt khoi rahti ho
gali mein jati ho
jate hi laut aati ho
kahin ki chiz
kahin rakh ke bhul jati ho
kitchen mein!
roz koi pyali tod deti ho
masala pis kar
sil yunhi chhod deti ho
nasihaton se khafa
mashwaron se uljhan si
kamar mein dard ki lahren
ragon mein ainthan si
yaqin jaano!
bahut dur bhi nahin wo ghadi
har ek fasane ka unwan badal chuka hoga
mere palang ki chaudai
ghat chuki hogi
tumhaare jism ka suraj pighal chuka hoga

sone se pahle

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har ladki ke
takiye ke niche
tez ब्लेड
gond ki shishi
aur kuchh taswiren hoti hain
sone se pahle
wo kai taswiron ki tarash-kharash se
ek taswir banati hai
kisi ki aankhen kisi ke chehre par lagati hai
kisi ke jism par kisi ka chehra sajati hai
aur jab is khel se ub jati hai
to kisi bhi gosht-post ke aadmi ke sath
lipat kar so jati hai

september1965

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kisi qasai ne
ek haddi chhil kar phenki
gali ke mod se
do kutte bhunkte utthe
kisi ne panw uthae
kisi ne dum patki
bahut se kutte khade ho kar shor karne lage
na jaane kyun mera ji chaha
apne sab kapde
utar kar kisi chaurahe par khada ho jaun
har ek chiz pe jhaptun
ghadi ghadi chillaun
nidhaal ho ke jahan chahun
jism phaila dun
hazaron sal ki sachchaiyon ko
jhutla dun