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Monday, December 27, 2010

matam / mourners

soucha aap nay hum kyuN
matam kernay walouN maiN haiN?
mausam, mehangai, halaat
(jo khud humnay paida kiyay
laikin woh a'lug sitam zareefi hay)
bichRa yaar ho ya dost
hussain ho ya koi ibn e waq't
apni masroof zindagi say
kuch lamhaiN nikal kar
hungama e matam maiN
shirkut lazmi samajhtay haiN

zindagi ki is dOR maiN
aagay kum aur peechay ziyadah
yeh humara shaiwah kaisa?


why do we mourn so much?
weather, inflation, living conditions
(to which we contributed
actively and passively)
long lost friend, lover
a hussain or some leader
we pause from our busy lives
to mourn their passing
and the next day
resuming live

this driving ahead
and looking obsessively
into the rear view mirror
is intriguing


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