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Zehra Nigaah

1936 | Karachi, Pakistan

One of the prominent women poets in Pakistan.

One of the prominent women poets in Pakistan.

ab is ghar ābādī mehmānoñ par hai

koī aa jaa.e to vaqt guzar jaatā hai

ab is ghar ki aabaadi mehmanon par hai

koi aa jae to waqt guzar jata hai

is ummīd pe roz charāġh jalāte haiñ

aane vaale barsoñ ba.ad bhī aate haiñ

is ummid pe roz charagh jalate hain

aane wale barson baad bhi aate hain

nahīñ nahīñ hameñ ab terī justujū bhī nahīñ

tujhe bhī bhuul ga.e ham tirī ḳhushī ke liye

nahin nahin hamein ab teri justuju bhi nahin

tujhe bhi bhul gae hum teri KHushi ke liye

chhoTī baat pe ḳhush honā mujhe aatā thā

par baḌī baat pe chup rahnā tumhī se sīkhā

chhoTi si baat pe KHush hona mujhe aata tha

par baDi baat pe chup rahna tumhi se sikha

aurat ke ḳhudā do haiñ haqīqī o majāzī

par us ke liye koī bhī achchhā nahīñ hotā

aurat ke KHuda do hain haqiqi o majazi

par us ke liye koi bhi achchha nahin hota

dekhte dekhte ik ghar ke rahne vaale

apne apne ḳhānoñ meñ baT jaate haiñ

dekhte dekhte ek ghar ke rahne wale

apne apne KHanon mein baT jate hain

is shahr ko raas aa.ī ham jaisoñ gum-nāmī

ham naam batāte to ye shahr bhī jal jaatā

is shahr ko ras aai hum jaison ki gum-nami

hum nam batate to ye shahr bhi jal jata

kahāñ ke ishq-o-mohabbat kidhar ke hijr o visāl

abhī to log taraste haiñ zindagī ke liye

kahan ke ishq-o-mohabbat kidhar ke hijr o visal

abhi to log taraste hain zindagi ke liye

ham jo pahuñche to rahguzar na thī

tum jo aa.e to manzileñ laa.e

hum jo pahunche to rahguzar hi na thi

tum jo aae to manzilen lae

tum se hāsil huā ik gahre samundar sukūt

aur har mauj se laḌnā bhī tumhī se sīkhā

tum se hasil hua ek gahre samundar ka sukut

aur har mauj se laDna bhi tumhi se sikha

jin bātoñ ko sunñā tak bār-e-ḳhātir thā

aaj unhīñ bātoñ se dil bahlā.e hue huuñ

jin baaton ko sunna tak bar-e-KHatir tha

aaj unhin baaton se dil bahlae hue hun

koī hañgāma sar-e-bazm uThāyā jaa.e

kuchh kiyā jaa.e charāġhoñ ko bujhāyā jaa.e

koi hangama sar-e-bazm uThaya jae

kuchh kiya jae charaghon ko bujhaya jae

bhūlnā ḳhud ko to āsāñ hai bhulā baiThā huuñ

vo sitamgar jo na bhūle se bhulāyā jaa.e

bhulna KHud ko to aasan hai bhula baiTha hun

wo sitamgar jo na bhule se bhulaya jae

jo dil ne kahī lab pe kahāñ aa.ī hai dekho

ab mahfil yārāñ meñ bhī tanhā.ī hai dekho

jo dil ne kahi lab pe kahan aai hai dekho

ab mahfil yaran mein bhi tanhai hai dekho

dil bujhne lagā ātish-e-ruḳhsār ke hote

tanhā nazar aate haiñ ġham-e-yār ke hote

dil bujhne laga aatish-e-ruKHsar ke hote

tanha nazar aate hain gham-e-yar ke hote

zamīñ par gir rahe the chāñd taare jaldī jaldī

añdherā ghar dīvāroñ se ūñchā ho rahā thā

zamin par gir rahe the chand tare jaldi jaldi

andhera ghar ki diwaron se uncha ho raha tha

mai-e-hayāt meñ shāmil hai talḳhī-e-daurāñ

jabhī to ke taraste haiñ be-ḳhudī ke liye

mai-e-hayat mein shamil hai talKHi-e-dauran

jabhi to pi ke taraste hain be-KHudi ke liye

ham se baḌhī masāfat-e-dasht-e-vafā ki ham

ḳhud bhaTak ga.e jo kabhī rāsta milā

hum se baDhi masafat-e-dasht-e-wafa ki hum

KHud hi bhaTak gae jo kabhi rasta mila

dīvānoñ ko ab vus.at-e-sahrā nahīñ darkār

vahshat ke liye sāya-e-dīvār bahut hai

diwanon ko ab wusat-e-sahra nahin darkar

wahshat ke liye saya-e-diwar bahut hai

lo Dūbtoñ ne dekh liyā nāḳhudā ko aaj

taqrīb kuchh to bahr-e-mulāqāt ho ga.ī

lo Dubton ne dekh liya naKHuda ko aaj

taqrib kuchh to bahr-e-mulaqat ho gai