Javed Akhtar

ham to bachpan men bhi akele the
sirf dil ki gali men khele the

ek taraf morche the palkon ke
ek taraf aaNsuon ke rele the

thi saji hasrate.n dukaano par
zindagi ke ajib mele the

aaj zehan-o-dil bhuko.n marte hai.n
un dino.n faake bhi ham ne jhele the

Khud-kashi kyaa Gamo.n ka hal banati
maut ke apane bhi sau jhamele the

Javed Akhtar

misaal iski kahaa.N hai zamaane me.n
ki saare khone ke Gam paaye hamne paane me.n

vo shakl pighli to har shai me.n Dhal gai jaise
ajib baat hui hai use bhulaane me.n

jo muntazir na milaa vo to ham hai sharmindaa
ki hamne der lagaa dii palaT ke aane me.n

latif tha vo taKhaiyyul se, Khvaab se naazuk
gavaa diyaa hamne hi use aazmaane me.n

samajh liyaa thaa kabhi ek sairaab ko dariyaa
par ek sukuun thaa hamako fareb khaane me.n

jhukaa daraKht havaa se, to aa.Ndhiyo.n ne kahaa
ziyaadaa farq nahi.n jhuk ke TooT jaane me.n