Behaviour (किरदार) – A Poem

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एक दिन यूंही मिल गए वो हमसे,

बातों-बातों में जान-पहचान हुई उनसे,


हमने गपशप की तहेजहां की,

बातें हमारी असरदार उनको लगीं,

यूंही सिलसिले बनते गए,

वो मेरे ख्यालों के क़ायल होते चले ।

इक दिन समां बाँधा उन्होने,

ग़ुफतग़ु दीदार-ए-हुस्न और जाम की करी हमने,

शबाब मुझे आफ़ताबी सा मालूम हुआ,

पूछा उनसे, हुआ है कभी इस आग़ के धुएँ से सामना?

चौंक उठे वो ये लफ्ज़ सुनके,

आँखों में अपनी अचरज के रंग भरके,

दिल की बात रखी हमारे सामने,

क़ाफी वख़्त लगा, अब आपको हम जाने,

कुछ ज़माने का, कुछ मौके का लिहाज कीजिए,

आप भी मुझ जैसा बोलते हैं, ज़रा सोचिए।

अब चौंकने का मौका हमारा था,

कहा, बताइए हमने कब आपको ग़ुमराह किया था,

जो हैं जैसे हैं, आपके रूबरू हैं,

इस मक्कार दुनिया के ऊसूलों से ना तौलें हमें,

और न परखें यूँ जनाब,

हर पल रस्ता बदलती है ये आब,

मुख़लिस हमारा अंदाज़-ए-बयाँ है,

पाक-साफ़ हमारा याराना है,

ये दिखावे का जंजाल, ये पाखंड़ छोड़के,

जियो जी भर के, मौज की चादर ओढ़के ।
We met accidentally one day,

We grew familiar after chats,
Talked about the whole wide world,
My thoughts made an impression on him,
And thus it started,
He became a fan of my views.
One day he had me spellbound,
We made talk about drinks and feminine beauty,
She had an aura rivaling that of the Sun,
Asked him, have you ever felt the smoke of this fire?
He was shocked at hearing this,
 With amazed eyes,

Laid bare his heart in front of me,
It took a lot of time, but now I understand you,
Consider the etiquettes of society and occasion,
Even you’re talking like us, ponder this.
It was my turn to be shocked now,
Asked when did I delude you that I was something else?
Whatever I am, however I am, I wear my heart on my sleeve,
Don’t judge me by the standards of this hypocrite world,
Don’t make decisions like this,
The river that is this world changes course by the moment,
My way of talking is frank,
My friendship is honest,
Leave aside these troubles, these double standards,
Live with all your heart, enjoy every moment. 
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Thanks for reading.

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16 Comments

    1. Thank you. 😊
      Actually, I started last year. If you go through the comments on this post, you’ll find the links to the previous poems. Hope you have as good a time reading them as this one. 😀

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