Wahi zindagi…

Umr aur waqt se aage badhe,
par khayaal umeedon aur yaadon ke beech wahi the.

Auhde aur zimmedaari se aage badhe,
par faasla ghar aur naukri ke beech wahi tha.

Nakaamiyo aur hatasha se aage badhe,
par “yun hota toh kya hota” is haseen sapne aur haqeqat ke beech palkon ke jhapak wahi thi.

Kuch kadmo ke saath chalne aur kuch haatho ke chhotne se aage badhe,
par nayaab mehfilo aur bhoola denewale vaakyo ke beech log wahi the.

Yaadien

Is pal mein beete pal ko ghar deta hai,
patjhad mein guzri bahaarein bhar deta hai,

naye ghar mein puraani deewar dhundhta hai,
toote pool pe puraane safar boonta hai,

kal ko pareshaan kiye bina,
insaan aaj mein koi kaam nahi karta,
chaar deewari mein din bhar karle laakh jatan,
par yaadon ke jharokho ke bagair koi shaam nahi karta

Who am i?

who am i…?

a bunch of bones stitched by flesh
or
an orderly life managed by mess

a high pitch nasal throw of an anxious throat
or
a hopeful rover carried by a lost boat

a happiness failed by gratitude
or
a failure bailed by attitude

a body stuck in routines
or
a soul immersed in past

a villain cursed in someone’s story
or
a good screenplay gone awry

a person stamped with expiry date
or
an immature who arrived late…

Samundar

Gamo ke samandar mein aankhein taair ti hai,

ab behna bhi nahi aur rehna bhi yahi,
toh dono har raat alag alag nikalti hai

kinaaro ki talaash mein,
meethe paani ki pyaas mein,

kya yeh bas khwab bhar hai,
ya mumkin si baat,

yeh sochkar laut aati hai palkon ke pichhe,
sametkar raat bhar bikhre jasbaat…

Ghar (घर)

दिल घर पे छोड़कर,

उसके शरीर ने शहर बदल लिया,

उस घर ने भी अपना आंगन छोड़,

उसके मन में एक घर कर लिया

Dil ghar pe chhodkar,

uske shareer ne sheher badal liya,

us ghar ne bhi apna anagan chhod,

uske mann mein ek ghar kar liya

Her joy and shores

She set her foot on sands,
made the waves dance,
to the swings of her skirt.

Her knees often tamed the tides,
while she walked on sides,
teasing the waters to come and kiss her feet.

Shells grabbed her eyes,
reminding her of calls from ocean,
and
she could see all the drowning suns,
she had enjoyed over the years ,
like flashbacks floating in front of her eyes.