ye sarae hai

ye sarae hai yahan kis ka thikana dhundo
yan to aate hain musafir so chale jate hain

han yahi nam tha kuchh aisa hi chehra-mohra
yaad padta hai ki aaya tha musafir koi

sune aangan mein phira karta tha tanha tanha
kitni gahri thi nigahon ki udasi us ki

log kahte the ki hoga koi aaseb-zada
hum ne aisi bhi koi baat na dekhi us mein

ye bhi himmat na hui pas bitha ke puchhen
dil ye kahta tha koi dard ka mara hoga

laut aaya hai jo aawaz na us ki pai
jaane kis dar pe kise ja ke pukara hoga

yan to har roz ki baaten hain ye jiten maten
ye bhi chahat ke kisi khel mein haara hoga

ek taswir kuchh aap se milti julti
ek tahrir thi par us ka to qissa chhoden

chand ghazlen thin ki likkhen kabhi likh kar katen
sher achchhe the jo sun lo to kaleja thamo

bas yahi mal musafir ka tha hum ne dekha
jaane kis rah mein kis shakhs ne luta us ko

guzra karte hain sulagte hue baqi ayyam
log jab aag lagate hain bujhate bhi bhi nahin

ajnabi pit ke maron se kasi ko kya kaam
bastiyon wale kabhi naz uthate bhi nahin

chhin lete hain kisi shakhs ke ji ka aaram
phir bulate bhi nahin pas bithate bhi nahin

ek din subh jo dekha to sarae mein na tha
jaane kis des gaya hai wo diwana dhundo!!

hum se puchho to na aaega wo jaane wala
tum to nahaq ko bhatakne ka bahana dhundo

yan to aaya jo musafir yun hi shab-bhar thahra
ye sarae hai yahan kis ka thikana dhundo


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