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Jab uthne lagte hain tau
Rok lete hain khench k pallu
Jab ruk jayen tau parda daal lete hain
Yehi kahani hai
Aise he sunani hai

Unki kashish lapet leti hai
Lafz uljha dete hain
Sach pucho tau jism ko sulga dete hain
Aag aisi k eman ko suljha dete hai
Yehi kahani hain
Aise he sunani hai

Ankhen sawal karti hain
Dheron malal karti hain
Dhuwen mai ur jati hai–
Wo dewanangi jo kufr ko halal karti hai
Yehi kahani hai
Aise he sunani hai

Pehle nichawar hote hain
Phir beech daldal k chor dete hain
Rooh ko chalni karte hain
Raste ki dor aise he tor dete hain
Yehi kahani hai
Aise he sunani hai

Phir jab hum bhul jate hain
Tau wo yaad dilate hain
Hum tau sab yaad karte hain
Par ankhen chura lete hain
Yehi kahani hai
Aise he sunani hai

Dar sa lagta hai aksar
Ulfat se hoti hai
Mai itni Ronaq mai bhi
Sehmi hoti hun aksar
Yehi kahani hai
Aise he sunani hai

Andhere mai pare hain khali kaghaz
Qalam sukh chuke hain
Khamoshi hai aur khwahish hai
Yehi kahani hai
Ab hui begani hai

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Tanhayon mai rehne ki adat hai
Zanjeerain sehne ki adat hai
Haqiqat hai ye-
K taqdeerain sehne ki adat hai
Jo pardon mai chupa hai
Dunya walon ko,
Us pardai he ko cheer daine ki adat hai
Jaam pee k humko isi liye–
Gehrai mai rehne ki adat hai
Wo pakeezgi dhunte hain
Phir humain jhinjorte hain
Lekin humko tau bebaaki mai reh kar–
Karwa zehar peenai ki adat hai
Jo gumnaam shehar abaad thai
Bas wahin tamashe ki adat hai
Khuda ko dekh lia hai humne
Tabhi tau usko yaar kehne ki adat hai
Majbur hogaye thai hum
Tabhi tau zinda ho K bhi,
Marjane ki adat hai
Roza’e ashqui pe jab bhi jana hua
Tau sulagne ki adat hai
Jab sab fanaa hota hai
Tau khush hone ki adat hai
Wo pathar ban gaye thai sab log
Tabhi gharib ko bebasi ki adat hai
Lagaam do, bus bohat hua!
Isi liye qaide aur asoolon ki adat pe
Majbur hone ki adat hai

Kahan kahan dhunda
Khud ko dhunda
Shor mai dhunda
Tau khamoshi ko paya
Roshni mai khoja
Tau andheron ka khayal aya
Tanhai mai dhunda
Tau Ronaq mai paya
Yun achanak he say khayal aya
Lamhon nai jakra
Tau nafrat mai pakra
Kisi shayer ki likhi ghazal mai paya
Chand mai khoja tau
Sitaron K tukron mai paya
Kitabon ko parha
Tau lakiron mai dekha
Weeranai ko janja
Tau khauf mai aya
Asmaan ko pukara
Zameen ko lalkara
Kisi behke hue avtaar ko paya
Nashe mai khoya
Tau bedaari ko paya
Kisi lashaur bazaari ko paya
Darakhton K gumaan mai paya
Banjar chitaan mai paya
Par jab hansi mai dhunda tau bebasi ko paya
Jab khud mai dhunda
Tau tujh mai paya

Torpor

Khaali pari hun…Bedaagh si
Jism hai, par jaan nahi
Raat ke ujale mai
Pareshan si
Subh k andhere mai
Hairaan si
Khamoshi ka behangam sa shor
Aur apne he kinare lagi hun
Sheeshai ki kashish se mutasir
Khud se lipti khari hun
Dur jaon tau wehshat si hai
Paas ajaun tau dikkat si hai
Dubti shaam kai shahare mai
Khud mai hun
Bekhud si

Twister

Andhere k pichai bhagte bhagte
Roshni see itni dur agaye hain
K ab na andhera milta Hai
Na ujala
Jane do, gherai he tau hai
Gehrai ki khoj mai meelon dur
Kinaray pe he kharai reh gaye hain
K ab tau na aar milta hai
Na paar
Jane do, rait he tau hai
Aag see bachte bachte ab
Dhuain main gum gaye hain
K ab na rasta milta hai
Na therao
Jane do, wujud he tau hai
Khud ko dhundte dhundte
Ab aise awara hue
K na falak dikhta hai
Na abad
Jane do, fanaa he tau hai

Parable

Yun tau rut bahar ki hai
Par sanaata chupta nahi
Sab log moondhai pare soye hain
Aur har andhera hairan hai
Bheer bani Hai khalkat sari
Ik dusre se na-tawan Hai
Ayena batain karta hai
Khali diwaron se
Pardai pare hain pardon pe
Aj tau rut hai rangini ki
Par andhera beshumar Hai
Mai bhi khud se chup gayi hun
Kyunk milna kafi dushwar hai

Raqeeb

Qismat Kai raqeeb
Sab bas gaye ik shehar mai
Jahan chandi mela hota tha
Aur andherei ka pehra hota tha
Par hawain khub chalti thien
Jaise paigham lati houn
Dusre paar se kisi thehrao ka
Dhalta Suraj bas dhalta rehta
Aur chand ko zang lag gaya tha
Par sitare khud roshan thai
Jaise shamyane khud roshan houn
Sham hoti ya raat hoti
Wo qismat Kai raqeeb
Mehfil se bach kar, konon Mai ja chupte thai
Hum jante thai sab raste
Sab deewaron se mulaqat thi
Sab andhero ka pata tha
Ik raqeeb tha uska, dusra mera chehra