PARVEEN SHAKIR

  • 1952-1994
  • Karachi, Pakistan

One of the most popular woman poets who gave expression to feelings and experiences specific to women.

One of the most popular woman poets who gave expression to feelings and experiences specific to women.

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ab to is raah se vo shaḳhs guzartā bhī nahīñ


ab kis ummīd pe darvāze se jhāñke koī

apne qātil zehānat se pareshān huuñ maiñ


roz ik maut na.e tarz ījād kare

apnī rusvā.ī tire naam charchā dekhūñ


ik zarā sher kahūñ aur maiñ kyā kyā dekhūñ

bas ye huā ki us ne takalluf se baat


aur ham ne rote rote dupaTTe bhigo liye

chalne hausla nahīñ ruknā muhāl kar diyā


ishq ke is safar ne to mujh ko niDhāl kar diyā

ham to samjhe the ki ik zaḳhm hai bhar jā.egā


kyā ḳhabar thī ki rag-e-jaañ meñ utar jā.egā

husn ke samajhne ko umr chāhiye jānāñ


do ghaḌī chāhat meñ laḌkiyāñ nahīñ khultīñ

jugnū ko din ke vaqt parakhne zid kareñ


bachche hamāre ahd ke chālāk ho ga.e

kāñToñ meñ ghire phuul ko chuum aa.egī lekin


titlī ke paroñ ko kabhī chhilte nahīñ dekhā

kaise kah duuñ ki mujhe chhoḌ diyā hai us ne


baat to sach hai magar baat hai rusvā.ī

kamāl-e-zabt ko ḳhud bhī to āzmā.ūñgī


maiñ apne haath se us dulhan sajā.ūñgī

kū-ba-kū phail ga.ī baat shanāsā.ī


us ne ḳhushbū tarah merī pazīrā.ī

kyā kare merī masīhā.ī bhī karne vaalā


zaḳhm ye mujhe lagtā nahīñ bharne vaalā

laḌkiyoñ ke dukh ajab hote haiñ sukh us se ajiib


hañs rahī haiñ aur kājal bhīgtā hai saath saath

maiñ sach kahūñgī magar phir bhī haar jā.ūñgī


vo jhuuT bolegā aur lā-javāb kar degā

paas jab tak vo rahe dard thamā rahtā hai


phailtā jaatā hai phir aañkh ke kājal tarah

badaltā hai to be-sāḳhta merī āñkheñ


apne hāthoñ lakīroñ se ulajh jaatī haiñ

us ne jaltī huī peshānī pe jab haath rakhā


ruuh tak aa ga.ī tāsīr masīhā.ī

vo to ḳhush-bū hai havāoñ meñ bikhar jā.egā


mas.ala phuul hai phuul kidhar jā.egā

yuuñ bichhaḌnā bhī bahut āsāñ na thā us se magar


jaate jaate us vo muḌ kar dobāra dekhnā

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