FIRAQ GORAKHPURI

  • 1896-1982

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

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sar meñ saudā bhī nahīñ dil meñ tamannā bhī nahīñ


lekin is tark-e-mohabbat bharosā bhī nahīñ

dil gintī na yagānoñ meñ na begānoñ meñ


lekin us jalva-gah-e-nāz se uThtā bhī nahīñ

shikva-e-jaur kare kyā koī us shoḳh se jo


saaf qaa.el bhī nahīñ saaf mukartā bhī nahīñ

mehrbānī ko mohabbat nahīñ kahte ai dost


aah ab mujh se tirī ranjish-e-bejā bhī nahīñ

ek muddat se tirī yaad bhī aa.ī nahīñ hameñ


aur ham bhuul ga.e hoñ tujhe aisā bhī nahīñ

aaj ġhaflat bhī un āñkhoñ meñ hai pahle se sivā


aaj ḳhātir-e-bīmār shakebā bhī nahīñ

baat ye hai ki sukūn-e-dil-e-vahshī maqām


kunj-e-zindāñ bhī nahīñ vus.at-e-sahrā bhī nahīñ

are sayyād hamīñ gul haiñ hamīñ bulbul haiñ


ne kuchh aah sunā bhī nahīñ dekhā bhī nahīñ

aah ye majma-e-ahbāb ye bazm-e-ḳhāmosh


aaj mahfil meñ 'firāq'-e-suḳhan-ārā bhī nahīñ

ye bhī sach hai ki mohabbat pe nahīñ maiñ majbūr


ye bhī sach hai ki tirā husn kuchh aisā bhī nahīñ

yuuñ to hañgāme uThāte nahīñ dīvāna-e-ishq


magar ai dost kuchh aisoñ Thikānā bhī nahīñ

fitrat-e-husn to ma.alūm hai tujh ko hamdam


chāra kyā hai ba-juz sabr so hotā bhī nahīñ

muñh se ham apne burā to nahīñ kahte ki 'firāq'


hai tirā dost magar aadmī achchhā bhī nahīñ

sar mein sauda bhi nahin dil mein tamanna bhi nahin


lekin is tark-e-mohabbat ka bharosa bhi nahin

dil ki ginti na yaganon mein na beganon mein


lekin us jalwa-gah-e-naz se uThta bhi nahin

shikwa-e-jaur kare kya koi us shoKH se jo


saf qael bhi nahin saf mukarta bhi nahin

mehrbani ko mohabbat nahin kahte ai dost


aah ab mujh se teri ranjish-e-beja bhi nahin

ek muddat se teri yaad bhi aai nahin hamein


aur hum bhul gae hon tujhe aisa bhi nahin

aaj ghaflat bhi un aankhon mein hai pahle se siwa


aaj hi KHatir-e-bimar shakeba bhi nahin

baat ye hai ki sukun-e-dil-e-wahshi ka maqam


kunj-e-zindan bhi nahin wusat-e-sahra bhi nahin

are sayyaad hamin gul hain hamin bulbul hain


tu ne kuchh aah suna bhi nahin dekha bhi nahin

aah ye majma-e-ahbab ye bazm-e-KHamosh


aaj mahfil mein 'firaq'-e-suKHan-ara bhi nahin

ye bhi sach hai ki mohabbat pe nahin main majbur


ye bhi sach hai ki tera husn kuchh aisa bhi nahin

yun to hangame uThate nahin diwana-e-ishq


magar ai dost kuchh aison ka Thikana bhi nahin

fitrat-e-husn to malum hai tujh ko hamdam


chaara hi kya hai ba-juz sabr so hota bhi nahin

munh se hum apne bura to nahin kahte ki 'firaq'


hai tera dost magar aadmi achchha bhi nahin

Commentary by Frances Pritchett

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