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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.

aamad pe terī itr o charāġh o subū na hoñ

itnā bhī būd-o-bāsh ko saada nahīñ kiyā

aamad pe teri itr o charagh o subu na hon

itna bhi bud-o-bash ko sada nahin kiya

ab bhī barsāt rātoñ meñ badan TūTtā hai

jaag uThtī haiñ ajab ḳhvāhisheñ añgḌā.ī

Till even now in rainy climes, my limbs are aching, sore

The yen to stretch out languidly then comes to the fore

ab bhi barsat ki raaton mein badan TuTta hai

jag uThti hain ajab KHwahishen angDai ki

Till even now in rainy climes, my limbs are aching, sore

The yen to stretch out languidly then comes to the fore

ab to is raah se vo shaḳhs guzartā bhī nahīñ

ab kis ummīd pe darvāze se jhāñke koī

ab to is rah se wo shaKHs guzarta bhi nahin

ab kis ummid pe darwaze se jhanke koi

ab un darīchoñ pe gahre dabīz parde haiñ

vo tāñk-jhāñk ma.asūm silsila bhī gayā

ab un darichon pe gahre dabiz parde hain

wo tank-jhank ka masum silsila bhi gaya

abr barse to ināyat us

shāḳh to sirf duā kartī hai

abr barse to inayat us ki

shaKH to sirf dua karti hai

ajab nahīñ hai ki dil par jamī milī kaa.ī

bahut dinoñ se to ye hauz saaf bhī na huā

ajab nahin hai ki dil par jami mili kai

bahut dinon se to ye hauz saf bhi na hua

aks-e-ḳhushbū huuñ bikharne se na roke koī

aur bikhar jā.ūñ to mujh ko na sameTe koī

aks-e-KHushbu hun bikharne se na roke koi

aur bikhar jaun to mujh ko na sameTe koi

apne qātil zehānat se pareshān huuñ maiñ

roz ik maut na.e tarz ījād kare

apne qatil ki zehanat se pareshan hun main

roz ek maut nae tarz ki ijad kare

apnī rusvā.ī tire naam charchā dekhūñ

ik zarā sher kahūñ aur maiñ kyā kyā dekhūñ

apni ruswai tere nam ka charcha dekhun

ek zara sher kahun aur main kya kya dekhun

bārhā terā intizār kiyā

apne ḳhvāboñ meñ ik dulhan tarah

barha tera intizar kiya

apne KHwabon mein ek dulhan ki tarah

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baat vo aadhī raat raat vo puure chāñd

chāñd bhī ain chait us pe tirā jamāl bhī

baat wo aadhi raat ki raat wo pure chand ki

chand bhi ain chait ka us pe tera jamal bhi

badan ke karb ko vo bhī samajh na pā.egā

maiñ dil meñ ro.ūñgī āñkhoñ meñ muskurā.ūñgī

badan ke karb ko wo bhi samajh na paega

main dil mein roungi aankhon mein muskuraungi

bahut se log the mehmān mere ghar lekin

vo jāntā thā ki hai ehtimām kis ke liye

bahut se log the mehman mere ghar lekin

wo jaanta tha ki hai ehtimam kis ke liye

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baḳht se koī shikāyat hai na aflāk se hai

yahī kyā kam hai ki nisbat mujhe is ḳhaak se hai

baKHt se koi shikayat hai na aflak se hai

yahi kya kam hai ki nisbat mujhe is KHak se hai

band kar ke mirī āñkheñ vo sharārat se hañse

būjhe jaane maiñ har roz tamāshā dekhūñ

band kar ke meri aankhen wo shararat se hanse

bujhe jaane ka main har roz tamasha dekhun

bas ye huā ki us ne takalluf se baat

aur ham ne rote rote dupaTTe bhigo liye

bas ye hua ki us ne takalluf se baat ki

aur hum ne rote rote dupaTTe bhigo liye

bojh uThā.e hue phirtī hai hamārā ab tak

ai zamīñ maañ tirī ye umr to ārām thī

bojh uThae hue phirti hai hamara ab tak

ai zamin man teri ye umr to aaram ki thi

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bojh uThāte hue phirtī hai hamārā ab tak

ai zamīñ maañ tirī ye umr to ārām thī

bojh uThate hue phirti hai hamara ab tak

ai zamin man teri ye umr to aaram ki thi

chalne hausla nahīñ ruknā muhāl kar diyā

ishq ke is safar ne to mujh ko niDhāl kar diyā

chalne ka hausla nahin rukna muhaal kar diya

ishq ke is safar ne to mujh ko niDhaal kar diya

chehra o naam ek saath aaj na yaad aa sake

vaqt ne kis shabīh ko ḳhvāb o ḳhayāl kar diyā

chehra o nam ek sath aaj na yaad aa sake

waqt ne kis shabih ko KHwab o KHayal kar diya

darvāza jo kholā to nazar aa.e khaḌe vo

hairat hai mujhe aaj kidhar bhuul paḌe vo

darwaza jo khola to nazar aae khaDe wo

hairat hai mujhe aaj kidhar bhul paDe wo

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dene vaale mashiyyat pe hai sab kuchh mauqūf

māñgne vaale hājat nahīñ dekhī jaatī

dene wale ki mashiyyat pe hai sab kuchh mauquf

mangne wale ki hajat nahin dekhi jati

dhīme suroñ meñ koī madhur giit chheḌiye

Thahrī huī havāoñ meñ jaadū bikheriye

dhime suron mein koi madhur git chheDiye

Thahri hui hawaon mein jadu bikheriye

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dil ajab shahr ki jis par bhī khulā dar is

vo musāfir ise har samt se barbād kare

dil ajab shahr ki jis par bhi khula dar is ka

wo musafir ise har samt se barbaad kare

dushmanoñ ke saath mere dost bhī āzād haiñ

dekhnā hai khīñchtā hai mujh pe pahlā tiir kaun

dushmanon ke sath mere dost bhi aazad hain

dekhna hai khinchta hai mujh pe pahla tir kaun

ek musht-e-ḳhāk aur vo bhī havā zad meñ hai

zindagī bebasī isti.āra dekhnā

ek musht-e-KHak aur wo bhi hawa ki zad mein hai

zindagi ki bebasi ka istiara dekhna

ek sūraj thā ki tāroñ ke gharāne se uThā

aañkh hairān hai kyā shaḳhs zamāne se uThā

ek suraj tha ki taron ke gharane se uTha

aankh hairan hai kya shaKHs zamane se uTha

ġhair mumkin hai tire ghar ke gulāboñ shumār

mere riste hue zaḳhmoñ ke hisāboñ tarah

ghair mumkin hai tere ghar ke gulabon ka shumar

mere riste hue zaKHmon ke hisabon ki tarah

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ġhair-mumkin hai tire ghar ke gulāboñ shumār

mere riste hue zaḳhmoñ ke hisāboñ tarah

ghair-mumkin hai tere ghar ke gulabon ka shumar

mere riste hue zaKHmon ke hisabon ki tarah

gavāhī kaise TūTtī muāmla ḳhudā thā

mirā aur us rābta to haath aur duā thā

gawahi kaise TuTti muamla KHuda ka tha

mera aur us ka rabta to hath aur dua ka tha

ghar aap jagmagā uThegā

dahlīz pe ik qadam bahut hai

ghar aap hi jagmaga uThega

dahliz pe ek qadam bahut hai

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gulābī paañv mire champa.ī banāne ko

kisī ne sahn meñ mehñdī baaḌ ugaa.ī ho

gulabi panw mere champai banane ko

kisi ne sahn mein mehndi ki baD ugai ho

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hārne meñ ik anā baat thī

jiit jaane meñ ḳhasārā aur hai

haarne mein ek ana ki baat thi

jit jaane mein KHasara aur hai

haath mere bhuul baiThe dastakeñ dene fan

band mujh par jab se us ke ghar darvāza huā

hath mere bhul baiThe dastaken dene ka fan

band mujh par jab se us ke ghar ka darwaza hua

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

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

hum to samjhe the ki ek zaKHm hai bhar jaega

kya KHabar thi ki rag-e-jaan mein utar jaega

hatheliyoñ duā phuul ban ke aa.ī ho

kabhī to rañg mire haath hinā.ī ho

hatheliyon ki dua phul ban ke aai ho

kabhi to rang mere hath ka hinai ho

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husn ke samajhne ko umr chāhiye jānāñ

do ghaḌī chāhat meñ laḌkiyāñ nahīñ khultīñ

husn ke samajhne ko umr chahiye jaanan

do ghaDi ki chahat mein laDkiyan nahin khultin

husn ke samajhne ko umr chāhiye jānāñ

do ghaḌī chāhat meñ laḌkiyāñ nahīñ khultīñ

husn ke samajhne ko umr chahiye jaanan

do ghaDi ki chahat mein laDkiyan nahin khultin

husn ke samajhne ko umr chāhiye jānāñ

do ghaḌī chāhat meñ laḌkiyāñ nahīñ khultīñ

husn ke samajhne ko umr chahiye jaanan

do ghaDi ki chahat mein laDkiyan nahin khultin

ik naam kyā likhā tirā sāhil ret par

phir umr bhar havā se merī dushmanī rahī

ek nam kya likha tera sahil ki ret par

phir umr bhar hawa se meri dushmani rahi

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isī tarah se agar chāhtā rahā paiham

suḳhan-varī meñ mujhe intiḳhāb kar degā

isi tarah se agar chahta raha paiham

suKHan-wari mein mujhe intiKHab kar dega

itne ghane bādal ke pīchhe

kitnā tanhā hogā chāñd

itne ghane baadal ke pichhe

kitna tanha hoga chand

jis makīn banñe ke dekhe the maiñ ne ḳhvāb

us ghar meñ ek shaam mehmān bhī na thī

jis ja makin banne ke dekhe the main ne KHwab

us ghar mein ek sham ki mehman bhi na thi

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jis tarah ḳhvāb mire ho ga.e reza reza

us tarah se na kabhī TuuT ke bikhre koī

jis tarah KHwab mere ho gae reza reza

us tarah se na kabhi TuT ke bikhre koi

jugnū ko din ke vaqt parakhne zid kareñ

bachche hamāre ahd ke chālāk ho ga.e

jugnu ko din ke waqt parakhne ki zid karen

bachche hamare ahd ke chaalak ho gae

justujū kho.e huoñ umr bhar karte rahe

chāñd ke hamrāh ham har shab safar karte rahe

justuju khoe huon ki umr bhar karte rahe

chand ke hamrah hum har shab safar karte rahe

kaañp uThtī huuñ maiñ ye soch ke tanhā.ī meñ

mere chehre pe tirā naam na paḌh le koī

kanp uThti hun main ye soch ke tanhai mein

mere chehre pe tera nam na paDh le koi

kāñToñ meñ ghire phuul ko chuum aa.egī lekin

titlī ke paroñ ko kabhī chhilte nahīñ dekhā

kanTon mein ghire phul ko chum aaegi lekin

titli ke paron ko kabhi chhilte nahin dekha

kabhī kabhār use dekh leñ kahīñ mil leñ

ye kab kahā thā ki vo ḳhush-badan hamārā ho

kabhi kabhaar use dekh len kahin mil len

ye kab kaha tha ki wo KHush-badan hamara ho

kaise kah duuñ ki mujhe chhoḌ diyā hai us ne

baat to sach hai magar baat hai rusvā.ī

How can I say that I have been deserted by my beau

Its true but this will cause me to be shamed for evermore

kaise kah dun ki mujhe chhoD diya hai us ne

baat to sach hai magar baat hai ruswai ki

How can I say that I have been deserted by my beau

Its true but this will cause me to be shamed for evermore

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