If Faiz were a woman

15Jun06

while i’m still bitten by the urdu poetry bug; here’s some incredibly sensual (for something written in the Zia regime, by a woman no less) stuff by Parveen Shakir. while i don’t like the free verse style – i’m a stickler for rabt and beher when it comes to urdu shairi – i love the flow this pice has got. if Faiz were a woman…

sabz maddham roshni

sabz maddham roshni mein surkh aanchal ki dhanak
sard kamre mein machalatii garm saanson ki mahak

baazuuon ke sakht halqe mein koi naazuk badan
silvatein malboos par, aanchal bhi kuch dhalka hua

garmii-e-rukhsaar se dahki hui thandi hava
narm zulfon se mulaayim ungleeon ki chhair chhaar

surkh honton par sharaarat ke kisi lamhe ka aks
reshamii baahon mein choori ki kabhi maddham dhanak

sharmagaee lehjon mein dheeray se kabhi chaahat ki baat
do dilon ki dharkanon mein goonjti thi ek sada

kaanpte honton pe thi Allah se sirf ek dua
kaash ye lamhe thahar jaayein thahar jaayein zara…

Beautiful.

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