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Friday, June 15, 2018

qayamat aai gee qayamat dhai gee

khaak nasheen
     tu bhee hay 
milaygee jub
    khaak say khaak
qayamat  aai gee 
qayamat dhai gee

Thursday, June 14, 2018

breathing longing belonging

breathing longing belonging
probing penetrating
wandering  wondering
if fate ordains 
meeting lady luck

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

survival first dreaming later

as the hurricane 
showered havoc
           carefully
i folded my dreams
packed my sighs
and buried them 
          deep

survival first
dreaming later

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Except. Accept. Expect. Aspect.

Except. Accept. Expect. Aspect.

of tv pundits
one aspect
is crystal clear
they accept 
no dissent, no discord
except from expected 
un informed 
err     uniformed quarters

Monday, June 11, 2018

coin not in the fountain

coin not in the fountain

religion tainted hatred
          maims and kills

bigotry and racism here 
inflicts the same 
          collective pain

Sunday, June 10, 2018

fictional fable

fictional fable

fickle
frivolous
freaky

frowns
at foolish
followers

Saturday, June 09, 2018

faraar

matlaashi nazraiN
dar say jo takraiN
                            baar baar
dar o zanjeer zang aalood
magar yeh matlaashi nazraiN
liyay  rozan kay paar
aazaad fizaouN ki umang 
zarrat e rozan pe sawar
justujoo e azadi maiN
haiN koshaaN sada
poshida hay in maiN
ik oomang e sheh'r e arzoo
kay alfaaz, rooh o jis'm 
qaid e shish jehat maiN
sisakhtay na hoN jahaaN

nazraiN parvaaz kunaaN
yeh jaantay hu'aye bhee
faraar e aseeri e haal
                              nahiN 
ma'siway e faraib e tasawwur

Friday, June 08, 2018

the escape

eyes probing
bouncing off the doors
creaking hinges 
                   rusted bars

those probing eyes
dream of freedom
promised by the dust particles
filtering through the skylight

a never ending yearning 
for freedom
                 for a world
where dreams suffocate not
words, body or soul
in a six-directional prison

eyes darting 
knowing well
escape
(from the present)
is but an delusion
riding an illusion
in oblivion




Thursday, June 07, 2018

mukalma

woh

tum sotay kyuN nahiN
kiya buhat khaa liya hay
tum boltay kyuN nahiN
kuch tou bolo, kuch to batlao
taizaab hazaf goliaN khaa lo
majnoon e eh'd e haazir lay lo
aur kuch nahiN
tou calcium say lub'raiz
doodh ka glass hee pee lo
sukoon milay ga
need aa jaa'aye'gi
youN laitay laitay
kya taktay rehtay ho
kuh'r kay jaalouN ko toR ker
sub'h namoodar hu'a chahti hay
aur phir az sar e nau
wohi gardish e nau-paanch
tum sotay kyuN nahiN
tum boltay kyuN nahiN

hum

kaisay samjhaouN
kis kis ko samjhaouN
nahiN hay
yeh bay-cheeni jis'm ki
kay hay yeh khalish e rooh
rooh jo na yahaaN ki hay
na wahaaN ki
yeh izterab e rooh
dushman hay neend ki

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

dialogue

she

why don't you sleep?
have you over-eaten?
why don't you talk?
say something, anything
take antacid
or some cure-all
a glass of milk perhaps
relaxed, sleep will drift in
what are you still staring at
dawn shall soon break
and then we succumb
to the carro-tussle of 9-5
why don't you sleep
why don't you talk?

he

how to explain
this unease 
is not in the body
it is ingrained 
in the soul
the troubled soul 
that belongs to 
no place
no time
no person



Tuesday, June 05, 2018

beh'r e haqeeqat i-iii

beh'r e haqeeqat i


such
un-mit
shish-jehat
pinhaaN
tujh maiN
mujh maiN


beh'r e haqeeqat ii


pus e atwar e zahiri
ik beh'r e la-mutnahi
pur-sukoon kabhi toofani
            beh'r e haqeeqat
chupa'aye raaz e zindagi
mauj, mohabbat, khalish
khamosh aah  dil
pur-shikwa chasm e butaaN
           aur talatum
tujh maiN
mujh maiN




beh'r e haqeeqat iii


fik'r e insaaN

gharq beh'r e haqeeqat
haasil e fik'r
ik mard e kaamil
aashna'aye haqeeqat e beh'r
aashna'aye beh'r e haqeeqat

Monday, June 04, 2018

beh'r e haqeeqat iii

beh'r e haqeeqat iii

fik'r e insaaN
gharq beh'r e haqeeqat
haasil e fik'r
ik mard e kaamil
aashna'aye haqeeqat e beh'r
aashna'aye beh'r e haqeeqat

Sunday, June 03, 2018

beh'r e haqeeqat ii

beh'r e haqeeqat ii

pus e atwar e zahiri

ik beh'r e la-mutnahi
pur-sukoon kabhi toofani
            beh'r e haqeeqat
chupa'aye raaz e zindagi
mauj, mohabbat, khalish
khamosh aah  dil
pur-shikwa chasm e butaaN
           aur talatum
tujh maiN
mujh maiN

Saturday, June 02, 2018

beh'r e haqeeqat i

beh'r e haqeeqat i

such

un-mit
shish-jehat
pinhaaN
tujh maiN
mujh maiN

Friday, June 01, 2018

nafratouN ka yeh bojh

nafratouN ka yeh bojh
kub talak humaiN youN
mehosoor rakhay ga aa
dost-dushman meray aa
meray galay lag ja 
kal na tu hoga na...

Thursday, May 31, 2018

gul kardo i-iv

gul kardo i

sharqi tehzeeb
gharbi san'at
musjid, maikadah
mahal, khanqah
                  ta'lub 
sanad kay pyasoN ki
gul kardo, gul kardo

gul kardo ii

yeh roshni kahaaN
hay ujalay ka faraib
taa'ss'oob ka pardah
ehsaas ka dhoka
gul kardo, gul kardo


gul kardo iii


a'jub ujala hay is roshni ka
her sheh per hay sab't qeemat
ma'saway haq per...

gul kardo, gul kardo



gul kardo iv

gul kardo, gul kardo
chaa ja'aye her sheh per
tariki yaksaniyat say
aur niklay phir ik kiran
justujoo e haq ki
sada jo banay hum raq's

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

gul kardo iv

gul kardo, gul kardo
chaa ja'aye her sheh per
tariki yaksaniyat say
aur niklay phir ik kiran
justujoo e haq ki
sada jo banay hum raq's

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

gul kardo iii

a'jub ujala hay is roshni ka
her sheh per hay sab't qeemat
ma'saway haq per...
gul kardo, gul kardo

Monday, May 28, 2018

gul kardo ii

yeh roshni kahaaN
hay ujalay ka faraib
taa'ss'oob ka pardah
ehsaas ka dhoka
gul kardo, gul kardo

Sunday, May 27, 2018

gul kardo i

sharqi tehzeeb
gharbi san'at
musjid, maikadah
mahal, khanqah
                  ta'lub 
sanad kay pyasoN ki
gul kardo, gul kardo

Saturday, May 26, 2018

unfinished journey

wheels revolve
            faster and faster
landscape changes
            stops come and go
from windscreen 
            to rear view mirror
                         to oblivion
the destination
elusive as ever

Friday, May 25, 2018

even keel

dreams
sub for
escape
        self delusion
for even keel

Thursday, May 24, 2018

safar e na mukammil

saf'r e na mukammil
pahiouN ki gardish
badaltay kinaray
dhundh ya kabhi baarish
n'janay manzil kyuN
khailti hay aank micholi

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ardor i-iv

ardor i

eyes coruscating
hands gesticulating
brouhaha over 
mast snapping words
hurled with frenzy

ardor ii

kya tum ab bhee humaiN 
waisay hee chahtay ho?


do you still love me
with the same fervor?
words implode with whims
shaken, un-stirred

ardor iii

eyes coruscating
hands gesticulating
brouhaha over
mast snapping words
hurled with frenzy


jazbaat ki aa'maizish kay saath
kaisa hay yeh ehsaas e dar'd 

ardor iv

with passion aroused
caresses followed
one fell into calm sleep
the other stayed awake
till the birds chirped

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ardor iv

with passion aroused
caresses followed
one fell into calm sleep
the other stayed awake
till the birds chirped

Monday, May 21, 2018

ardor iii

eyes coruscating
hands gesticulating
brouhaha over 
mast snapping words
hurled with frenzy


jazbaat ki aa'maizish kay saath
kaisa hay yeh ehsaas e dar'd 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

ardor ii

kya tum ab bhee humaiN 
waisay hee chahtay ho?


do you still love me
with the same fervor?
words implode with whims
shaken, un-stirred

Saturday, May 19, 2018

ardor i

eyes coruscating
hands gesticulating
brouhaha over 
mast snapping words
hurled with frenzy


Friday, May 18, 2018

human woes

with prajna*
gathered over millennia
we should be prepared 
to deal with nature 
but we do not learn 
even from the ant
such are our woes

* pure and unqualified knowledge

Thursday, May 17, 2018

perpetual

soul
      and words
perpetual
      i
temporal