Rukhsat

Rukhsat jo kiya hamko tumne/
Kaandha to tumhaara hi tha jis par sawaar hue

Even as you sent me away/
It was on your shoulders that I rode

aur aage..


Apna saamaan uthaaye chal to liye the hum phir
Nazaren tumhaare ujade basar par hi raheen

We(I) had picked our baggage and left, but then
Our(my) eyes stayed on your devastated home/habitat

Teri palkein bicchi rahengi raah bane
Inhi palkon ne kayi baar uthaaya hai hamein

Your eyelashes will remain laid like a path for me
These same eyelashes have carried me often*


Jaana zaroori hua zid ya tareekh kaho
Hum to chalte badalte raheinge, tum apni tanhai bharo

It is essential to go, blame stubbornness, time or fate
We(I) will keep moving and changing, you fill your loneliness


Chalte chalte yoon na ho ki mud ke dekh lein hum
Gar mud diye, jaan chale, ruk ke reh jaayeinge hum

While walking away, let me never turn back to look
If I turn, as I live, I will stop and stay back anon

Chale jaayeinge, yaadein chhod jaayeinge,
Kuchh na le jaayeinge hum
Jaate hue kuchh dekar hi jaayeinge sanam
Tere lafzon pe apna zikr chhor jaayeinge hum

I will go, I will leave our memories behind,
I will not take anything with me
While going, I will give something to you, my love
On your words and letters, I will leave behind my ‘mention’
(i.e. you will not be able to stop talking about me)

Khair, hum to chale, khud ko samete
Tum ab apni bikhri uthaate raho

Fine, I am off, packing myself up
You now pick your own scattered pieces up (all by yourself)

Na dua, na gila, na hidaayat diye chali
Bas kore vaqt pe apni aadat diye chali

Neither a prayerful blessing, nor complaint, nor advice do i give as I leave,
Only on blank time do I leave behind my habit for you.

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2 thoughts on “Rukhsat”

  1. M,
    Your poetry disturbs me ( in good way) sometimes. Read somewhere , Great poetry transforms us….

    Ek puraana mausam lauta, yaad bhari purvayi bhi
    Aisa to kam hi hotha hai, wo bhi ho tanhaayee bhi
    Khamoshi ka haasil bhi ik lambi si kamoshi hai
    Unki baath suni bhi humne, apni baat sunayi bhi…..

    (Singer : Jagjit Singh, Lyrics : Gulzar )

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