AHMAD MUSHTAQ

  • 1933

One of the leading and reputed Pakistani poets known for his neo-classical tone, equally well-known in India, lives in Houston USA.

One of the leading and reputed Pakistani poets known for his neo-classical tone, equally well-known in India, lives in Houston USA.

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ab us shakl bhī mushkil se yaad aatī hai


vo jis ke naam se hote na the judā mire lab

balā chamak us ke chehre pe thī


mujhe kyā ḳhabar thī ki mar jā.egā

ham un ko soch meñ gum dekh kar vāpas chale aa.e


vo apne dhyān meñ baiThe hue achchhe lage ham ko

ik raat chāñdnī mire bistar pe aa.ī thī


maiñ ne tarāsh kar tirā chehra banā diyā

ik zamāna thā ki sab ek jagah rahte the


aur ab koī kahīñ koī kahīñ rahtā hai

is ma.arke meñ ishq bechārā karegā kyā


ḳhud husn ko haiñ jaan ke laale paḌe hue

ishq meñ kaun batā saktā hai


kis ne kis se sach bolā hai

ḳhair badnām to pahle bhī bahut the lekin


tujh se milnā thā ki par lag ga.e rusvā.ī ko

khoyā hai kuchh zarūr jo us talāsh meñ


har chiiz ko idhar se udhar kar rahe haiñ ham

maiñ bahut ḳhush thā kaḌī dhuup ke sannāTe meñ


kyuuñ tirī yaad bādal mire sar par aayā

maut ḳhāmoshī hai chup rahne se chup lag jā.egī


zindagī āvāz hai bāteñ karo bāteñ karo

na.e dīvānoñ ko dekheñ to ḳhushī hotī hai


ham bhī aise the jab aa.e the vīrāne meñ

paanī meñ aks aur kisī āsmāñ hai


ye naav kaun hai ye dariyā kahāñ hai

sañg uThānā to baḌī baat hai ab shahr ke log


aañkh uThā kar bhī nahīñ dekhte dīvāne ko

tanhā.ī meñ karnī to hai ik baat kisī se


lekin vo kisī vaqt akelā nahīñ hotā

tire aane din hai tere raste meñ bichhāne ko


chamaktī dhuup meñ saa.e ikaTThe kar rahā huuñ maiñ

agar paas nahīñ hai kahīñ maujūd to hai


tere hone se baḌe kaam hamāre nikle

vahī gulshan hai lekin vaqt parvāz to dekho


koī taa.ir nahīñ pichhle baras ke āshiyānoñ meñ

yaar sab jam.a hue raat ḳhāmoshī meñ


koī ro kar to koī baal banā kar aayā

ye paanī ḳhāmushī se bah rahā hai


ise dekheñ ki is meñ Duub jaa.eñ

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