What things seem to be…

While driving towards one of the nature walks that I seem to frequent, despite my inability to walk too far, I recently heard a verse as follows:

 

ہم  ہی  چراغ  کی  لؤ ہیں، ہمیں  پروانے

یہ اور بات ہے کے محفل ہمیں نہ پہچانے

 

Hum hi chiragh ki lau hein humhi parwanay

Yeh aur baat hay kay mehfil humay na pehchanay

 

I am the lamp’s light and I am the moth that goes towards it

Its a completely different matter that people do not recognize it.

 

I kept repeating these words as I walked around and snapped pictures of what I found beautiful or interesting. One of the pictures stood out amongst the group of those images as I felt it deeply connected with the words above. The reflection of the self as it is captured in an image taken by the same self is quite intriguing. Reminiscent of the flame and the moth but in a different way which I sadly can not explain well 🙂 As I thought more on the words and the image, a rather dismal ghazal formed in my mind that I present below on the subject of things appearing what they are not and sometimes being what they do not appear to be.

تیرا میرا رشتہ  کچھ کچا سا لگے

یہ کچا رشتہ مجھے اچھا سا لگے

Our relationship seems fragile

This fragility

This relationship

Is dear to me

 

مانا کے میرے عشق میں جھوٹ ہے

میرا جھوٹ بھی مجھے سچا سا لگے

I freely admit

There are flaws in my love

My flaws

Appear to be graces

 

خفگی نظر میں، برہمی جگر میں

رویہ اس  کا  کھچا کھچا سا لگے

An angry look

A hidden thought

She seems

Quite distant today

 

بیشک محبت میں  کئی دھوکے  ملے

آرزوِ دل کے پھر کوئی غچہ سا لگے

It seems I have been a fool

In love many times

Yet still I desire

For more frauds

 

نادیدہ  صنم سے نظر لڑاتا ہے کیا؟

ارادہِ  دل  تیرا ذرا  اونچا سا لگے

You seek to find

The unseen beloved

My friend you seem

To have high hopes

 

گواہیِ پیری لاکھ سہی سفید بالوں کی

میدانِ  عشق میں استاد  بچہ سا لگے

A million white hair

Stand witness to his wisdom

Yet in the field of love

He is so childlike

 

Self reflection

What it seems to be

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