Kitab Ki Dukan Per

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In a corner of a bookshop

Evening was baron

and the city banal

the crowd submissive

and the walk incurious

I stopped for a while

In a corner of a bookshop

The shop was alive

with fragrance of thought

and warmth of insight

rows of books

pulsating with ideas

A book in a corner

heart-broken with love

and one on the top shelf

so cold with logic

few smiling with humor

some bitter with history

one struggling with present

In a corner was a jungle

having flowers of spring

and the sorrow of fall

few hills of success

near swamps of loss

For a moment I felt

our time is a book

and the city, this crowd

and question-less submission

is a word so lost

No meaning, no voice

no share, no impact

no passion, no urge

to be part of truth

This question-less submission

is a bird in a cage

the cage of dogma

the prison of creed

I felt forsaken

and searched for a book

a book that says

my blues, my heartache

a book dedicated

to woe and forlorn

Kitab ki Dukan Per

Sheher-e-baykamal ki

sham-e-baykhayal thi

her tarruf rawan dawan

kum sawal log thay

phir main iss hujoom main

chultay chultay ruk gaya

kitab ki dukan per

Dukan kya thi youn laga

jahan numa ho samnay

baseeraton ki roshni

mehak rahi thi char soo

qatar say sajay hoay

khayal der khayal thay

tarah tarah ki soch thi

naey nawalay khwab thay

Thay jild jild aks e jan

thay warq warq soz e dil

khizan ki rut bhi thee wahan

thay rung-e-nobahar bhi

Jamal-e-husn e yaar bhi

Kamal-e-bakamal bhi

Urooj bhi zawal bhi

Najanay mujh ko kyon laga

zamana ik kitab hay

ye shehr e baykamal or

Ye kum sawal log sub

ik hurf e baysabat hain

wo hurf e baymurad jo

ibaraton main kho gaya

Guman ki dursgah main

Jo hoshmund josh hay

Jo justujo ka shouq hay

kamal e fun ka zouq hay

ye uss say hain gurez pa

busharaton pay munhasir

ye moajzon kay muntazir

yaqeen kay butkaday main ye

nijat-o-khouf e murg say

aqeedaton main qaid hain

Kitab ki dukan per

Hujoom-e-kum sawal ka

main papyada aadmi

nazur bacha kay waqt say

jawaz dhondnay laga

Kitab dhondnay laga

kitab jiss kay baab main

khyal-e-baykhayal ho

Jo muslahat na likh sukay

wo un kaha malal ho

kitab jiss ka intisab

baybussi kay naam ho

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