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Amongst others…

I am presently heading off to Dublin for a while and then onwards to various locations for a short trip. The reasons for my visit are many and while some are more important than others, I find that the reasons themselves lead me to think that whatever we do in life may carry multiple reasons. Of course, there are actions which only have a singular reason i.e. drinking water to quench thirst but for actions that carry more meaning such as a look given to a friend or a gentle brushing of a lover’s arm can carry so much more. One reason is often included amongst others and depending on the time and place, any one of those reasons can become more important than others. With that thought, I present this poor ghazal below that formed itself in my mind.

درِ یار  آے،  آنے  سے  بیزار  بھی  تھے

مسکراے تو تھے، روے زار زار بھی تھے

 

کارنامہ  نا  تھا   وہ  میرا  کلمہِ حق

خوفِ خدا تو تھا، زیرِ تلوار بھی تھے

 

مانا کے عشق ہماری کم عقلی سہی پر

آپ  تو عاقل تھے،  ہوشیار بھی تھے

 

اب  کیوں  پوچھیں آپ  وقوعِ مقتل؟

وہاں ہم بھی تھے، سرکار بھی تھے

 

کون تیار نہ تھا مجھے قتل کرنے کو

دشمن تو دشمن،  یارِ غار بھی تھے

 

کچھ  اس طرح  دفتر کی  نوکری  چلی

ہم مصروف بھی تھے، بےکار بھی تھے

 

وجہِ عشق  تو  پیچیدا  نہیں  استاد  کی

کچھ وہ مائل بھی تھے لاچار بھی تھے

 

So I went to her door

But I was not quite into it

Although I smiled

I also wept

 

And it wasn’t a great feat

For me to speak the truth

Although I am an ethical man

I was also held at gun point

 

Yes, it was foolish of me

To fall in love

But you

Were supposed to be wise

 

And why do you ask

What happened at the harvest of blood?

I was there

And so were you

 

They were all eager

To cause harm to each other

My friends

And my adversaries

 

The mundane war

The daily strife

Keeps me busy

And bores me as well

 

So its not difficult to understand

Why he loves

His reasons amongst others

Include his affinity and his helplessness

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Scorched Earth

کچھ  کر  کے  جانا ہے،  دکھ کو مٹانا ہے

ہم دوست تو سب کے ہیں، دشمن زمانہ ہے

I must kill the misery

Before I leave

I am a friend to all

Yet the times are hateful

 

یہ دن و رات کا سفر، یہ ستاروں کا محور

پھر قیامت کا وعدہ ہے، عجیب تماشا ہے

The rotation of the planets

The paths laid out for stars

The absurd promise that one day

It will all end

 

مل کے بچھڑ گئے، بچھڑے تو مر گئے

چھوٹی سی اک بات کا، طویل فسانہ ہے

A meeting and then parting

The parting leading to death

A small matter

A long story

 

دل  ہی  تو ٹوٹا ہے،  کیا عرش بکھرا ہے؟

ہم مان چکے کب کے، بس تم کو منانا ہے

It is just a broken heart

Not the heavens torn asunder

I have come to acceptance

Are you there yet?

 

مندر میں ہوں برہمن تو مسجد میں مسلمان

میں اور کیا بنوں گا؟  کیا کس نے بنانا ہے

I am a Brahmin in the temple

A Moslem in the mosque

What else am I to be

What else will I be?

 

لبِ استاد  پے  رہتی،  مسکان  تو ہلکی سی

دل کھول کے دیکھو تو، تپتا ہوا صحرا ہے

And yes he smiles

You can see it on his lips

If you look in his heart

You’ll find a burning desert

 

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