Shahr Shayari

City is a physical space; it is also a metaphor of suffering as well as of aspirations and achievements. It is a place where dreams are nurtured as well as scattered and spoiled. City has been treated variously in the poetry of both the East and the West. The modern poets, however, have executed the images of city more frequently than others. Here are some images of the city as visualized by Urdu poets.

tamām raat nahāyā thā shahr bārish meñ

vo rañg utar ga.e jo utarne vaale the

tamam raat nahaya tha shahr barish mein

wo rang utar hi gae jo utarne wale the

Jamal Ehsani

hai ajiib shahr zindagī na safar rahā na qayām hai

kahīñ kārobār dopahar kahīñ bad-mizāj shaam hai

hai ajib shahr ki zindagi na safar raha na qayam hai

kahin karobar si dopahar kahin bad-mizaj si sham hai

Bashir Badr

dil to merā udaas hai 'nāsir'

shahr kyuuñ saa.eñ saa.eñ kartā hai

dil to mera udas hai 'nasir'

shahr kyun saen saen karta hai

Nasir Kazmi

bhiiḌ ke ḳhauf se phir ghar taraf lauT aayā

ghar se jab shahr meñ tanhā.ī ke Dar se niklā

bhiD ke KHauf se phir ghar ki taraf lauT aaya

ghar se jab shahr mein tanhai ke Dar se nikla

Aleem Masroor

jo mere gaañv ke khetoñ meñ bhuuk ugne lagī

mire kisānoñ ne shahroñ meñ naukrī kar

jo mere ganw ke kheton mein bhuk ugne lagi

mere kisanon ne shahron mein naukri kar li

Arif Shafiq

aisā hañgāma na thā jañgal meñ

shahr meñ aa.e to Dar lagtā thā

aisa hangama na tha jangal mein

shahr mein aae to Dar lagta tha

Mohammad Alvi

ik aur khet pakkī saḌak ne nigal liyā

ik aur gaañv shahar vus.at meñ kho gayā

ek aur khet pakki saDak ne nigal liya

ek aur ganw shahar ki wusat mein kho gaya

Khalid Siddiqui

sunā hai shahr naqsha badal gayā 'mahfūz'

to chal ke ham bhī zarā apne ghar ko dekhte haiñ

suna hai shahr ka naqsha badal gaya 'mahfuz'

to chal ke hum bhi zara apne ghar ko dekhte hain

Ahmad Mahfuz

dosto tum se guzārish hai yahāñ mat aao

is baḌe shahr meñ tanhā.ī bhī mar jaatī hai

dosto tum se guzarish hai yahan mat aao

is baDe shahr mein tanhai bhi mar jati hai

Javed Nasir

shahr bhī dastūr vahī jañgal vaalā

khojne vaale akasr kho jaate haiñ

shahr ka bhi dastur wahi jangal wala

khojne wale hi akasr kho jate hain

Khalid Ebadi

tum bhī is shahr meñ ban jāoge patthar jaise

hañsne vaalā yahāñ koī hai na rone vaalā

tum bhi is shahr mein ban jaoge patthar jaise

hansne wala yahan koi hai na rone wala

Kailash Mahir

mere sañg-o-ḳhisht se ta.amīr-e-bām-o-dar

mere ghar ko shahr meñ shāmil kahā na jaa.e

mere hi sang-o-KHisht se tamir-e-baam-o-dar

mere hi ghar ko shahr mein shamil kaha na jae

Majrooh Sultanpuri