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Mohammad Alvi

1927 - 2018 | Ahmedabad, India

One of the most prominent modern poets. Known for his style of layered simplicity. Recipient of Sahitya Academy award.

One of the most prominent modern poets. Known for his style of layered simplicity. Recipient of Sahitya Academy award.

añdherā hai kaise tirā ḳhat paḌhūñ

lifāfe meñ kuchh raushnī bhej de

andhera hai kaise tera KHat paDhun

lifafe mein kuchh raushni bhej de

añdherī rātoñ meñ dekh lenā

dikhā.ī degī badan ḳhushbū

andheri raaton mein dekh lena

dikhai degi badan ki KHushbu

āñkheñ kholo ḳhvāb sameTo jaago bhī

'alvī' pyāre dekho saalā din niklā

aankhen kholo KHwab sameTo jago bhi

'alwi' pyare dekho sala din nikla

aag apne lagā sakte haiñ

ġhair to sirf havā dete haiñ

aag apne hi laga sakte hain

ghair to sirf hawa dete hain

aaj phir mujh se kahā dariyā ne

kyā irāda hai bahā le jā.ūñ

aaj phir mujh se kaha dariya ne

kya irada hai baha le jaun

āsmān par pahuñchūñ

allāh terā naam likhūñ

aasman par ja pahunchun

allah tera nam likhun

ab kisī yaad bhī aatī nahīñ

dil pe ab fikroñ ke pahre ho ga.e

ab kisi ki yaad bhi aati nahin

dil pe ab fikron ke pahre ho gae

ab na 'ġhālib' se shikāyat hai na shikva 'mīr'

ban gayā maiñ bhī nishāna reḳhta ke tiir

ab na 'ghaalib' se shikayat hai na shikwa 'mir' ka

ban gaya main bhi nishana reKHta ke tir ka

ab to chup-chāp shaam aatī hai

pahle chiḌiyoñ ke shor hote the

ab to chup-chap sham aati hai

pahle chiDiyon ke shor hote the

abhī do chaar būñdeñ girīñ haiñ

magar mausam nashīlā ho gayā hai

abhi do chaar hi bunden girin hain

magar mausam nashila ho gaya hai

achchhe din kab ā.eñge

kyā yuuñ mar jā.eñge

achchhe din kab aaenge

kya yun hi mar jaenge

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

'alvī' ḳhvāhish bhī thī bāñjh

jazba bhī nā-mard milā

'alwi' KHwahish bhi thi banjh

jazba bhi na-mard mila

'alvī' ne aaj din meñ kahānī sunā.ī thī

shāyad isī vajah se maiñ rasta bhaTak gayā

'alwi' ne aaj din mein kahani sunai thi

shayad isi wajah se main rasta bhaTak gaya

'alvī' ye mo.ajiza hai december dhuup

saare makān shahr ke dho.e hue se haiñ

'alwi' ye moajiza hai december ki dhup ka

sare makan shahr ke dhoe hue se hain

apnā ghar aane se pahle

itnī galiyāñ kyuuñ aatī haiñ

apna ghar aane se pahle

itni galiyan kyun aati hain

are ye dil aur itnā ḳhālī

koī musībat paal rakhiye

are ye dil aur itna KHali

koi musibat hi pal rakhiye

aur bāzār se kyā le jā.ūñ

pahlī bārish mazā le jā.ūñ

aur bazar se kya le jaun

pahli barish ka maza le jaun

bāzār ke dāmoñ shikāyat hai har ik ko

phir bhī sar-e-bāzār baḌī bhiiḌ lagī hai

bazar ke damon ki shikayat hai har ek ko

phir bhi sar-e-bazar baDi bhiD lagi hai

bahut ḳhush hue ā.īna dekh kar

yahāñ koī saanī hamārā na thā

bahut KHush hue aaina dekh kar

yahan koi sani hamara na tha

bahut nek bande haiñ ab bhī tire

kisī par to yā-rab vahī bhej de

bahut nek bande hain ab bhi tere

kisi par to ya-rab wahi bhej de

bas ke nīche koī nahīñ aatā phir bhī

bas meñ baiTh ke behad ghabrātā huuñ maiñ

bas ke niche koi nahin aata phir bhi

bas mein baiTh ke behad ghabraata hun main

battī bujhā ke hero heroine lipaT ga.e

qissa bahut phir to mazedār ho gayā

batti bujha ke hero heroine lipaT gae

qissa bahut hi phir to mazedar ho gaya

bichhaḌte vaqt aisā bhī huā hai

kisī siskiyāñ achchhī lagī haiñ

bichhaDte waqt aisa bhi hua hai

kisi ki siskiyan achchhi lagi hain

bikher de mujhe chāroñ taraf ḳhalāoñ meñ

kuchh is tarah se alag kar ki juḌ na pā.ūñ maiñ

bikher de mujhe chaaron taraf KHalaon mein

kuchh is tarah se alag kar ki juD na paun main

binā murġhe ke par jhaTaktī haiñ

murġhiyāñ dar-ba-dar bhaTaktī haiñ

bina murghe ke par jhaTakti hain

murghiyan dar-ba-dar bhaTakti hain

bulā rahā thā koī chīḳh chīḳh kar mujh ko

kueñ meñ jhāñk ke dekhā to maiñ andar thā

bula raha tha koi chiKH chiKH kar mujh ko

kuen mein jhank ke dekha to main hi andar tha

chalā jā.ūñgā jaise ḳhud ko tanhā chhoḌ kar 'alvī'

maiñ apne aap ko rātoñ meñ uTh kar dekh letā huuñ

chala jaunga jaise KHud ko tanha chhoD kar 'alwi'

main apne aap ko raaton mein uTh kar dekh leta hun

chhoḌ gayā mujh ko 'alvī'

shāyad vo jaldī meñ thā

chhoD gaya mujh ko 'alwi'

shayad wo jaldi mein tha

darvāze par pahra dene

tanhā.ī bhuut khaḌā hai

darwaze par pahra dene

tanhai ka bhut khaDa hai

dekhā na hogā ne magar intizār meñ

chalte hue samay ko Thaharte hue bhī dekh

dekha na hoga tu ne magar intizar mein

chalte hue samay ko Thaharte hue bhi dekh

dekhā to sab ke sar pe gunāhoñ bojh thā

ḳhush the tamām nekiyāñ dariyā meñ Daal kar

dekha to sab ke sar pe gunahon ka bojh tha

KHush the tamam nekiyan dariya mein Dal kar

DhūñDne meñ bhī maza aatā hai

koī shai rakh ke bhulā jaa.e

DhunDne mein bhi maza aata hai

koi shai rakh ke bhula di jae

DhūñDtā huuñ maiñ zamīñ achchhī

ye badan jis meñ utārā jaa.e

DhunDta hun main zamin achchhi si

ye badan jis mein utara jae

dhuup ne guzārish

ek buuñd bārish

dhup ne guzarish ki

ek bund barish ki

dil hai pyāsā husain ke mānind

ye badan karbalā maidāñ hai

dil hai pyasa husain ke manind

ye badan karbala ka maidan hai

dil ā.īna huā jaatā hai dhundlā dhundlā

kab tirā aks ise apnī safā.ī degā

dil ka aaina hua jata hai dhundla dhundla

kab tera aks ise apni safai dega

din bhar bachchoñ ne mil kar patthar pheñke phal toḌe

sāñjh huī to panchhī mil kar rone lage daraḳhtoñ par

din bhar bachchon ne mil kar patthar phenke phal toDe

sanjh hui to panchhi mil kar rone lage daraKHton par

din Dhal rahā thā jab use dafnā ke aa.e the

sūraj bhī thā malūl zamīñ par jhukā huā

din Dhal raha tha jab use dafna ke aae the

suraj bhi tha malul zamin par jhuka hua

donoñ ke dil meñ ḳhauf thā maidān-e-jañg meñ

donoñ ḳhauf fāsla thā darmiyān

donon ke dil mein KHauf tha maidan-e-jang mein

donon ka KHauf fasla tha darmiyan ka

'faiz'-sāhib sher kyuuñ kahte nahīñ

'faiz'-sāhib sher kahnā chāhiye

'faiz'-sahib sher kyun kahte nahin

'faiz'-sahib sher kahna chahiye

galī meñ koī ghar achchhā nahīñ thā

magar kuchh khiḌkiyāñ achchhī lagī haiñ

gali mein koi ghar achchha nahin tha

magar kuchh khiDkiyan achchhi lagi hain

ġham bahut din muft khātā rahā

ab use dil se nikālā chāhiye

gham bahut din muft ki khata raha

ab use dil se nikala chahiye

gavāhī detā vahī merī be-gunāhī

vo mar gayā to use ab kahāñ se lā.ūñ maiñ

gawahi deta wahi meri be-gunahi ki

wo mar gaya to use ab kahan se laun main

ġhazal kahī hai koī bhāñg to nahīñ hai

mushā.ire meñ tarannum se kyuuñ sunā.ūñ maiñ

ghazal kahi hai koi bhang to nahin pi hai

mushaire mein tarannum se kyun sunaun main

ghar meñ kyā aayā ki mujh ko

dīvāroñ ne gher liyā hai

ghar mein kya aaya ki mujh ko

diwaron ne gher liya hai

ghar meñ sāmāñ to ho dilchaspī

hādsa koī uThā le jā.ūñ

ghar mein saman to ho dilchaspi ka

hadsa koi uTha le jaun

ghar ne apnā hosh sambhālā din niklā

khiḌkī meñ bhar gayā ujālā din niklā

ghar ne apna hosh sambhaala din nikla

khiDki mein bhar gaya ujala din nikla

gul-dān meñ gulāb kaliyāñ mahak uThīñ

kursī ne us ko dekh ke āġhosh kiyā

gul-dan mein gulab ki kaliyan mahak uThin

kursi ne us ko dekh ke aaghosh wa kiya

haa.e vo log jo dekhe bhī nahīñ

yaad aa.eñ to rulā dete haiñ

hae wo log jo dekhe bhi nahin

yaad aaen to rula dete hain

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