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aish tre – a poem by Amrita Pritam

ilahaam ke dhuen se lekar
sigaret kee raakh tak
umr kee sooraj dhale
maathe kee soch bale
ek phephada gale
ek veeyatanaam jale…

aur roshanee
andhere ka badan jyon jvar mein tape
aur jvar kee achetana mein –
har mazahab badaraaye
har falasafa langadaaye
har nazm tutalaaye
aur kahana-sa chaahe
ki har saltanat
sikke kee hotee hai, baarood kee hotee hai
aur har janmapatree –
aadam ke janm kee
ek jhoothee gavaahee detee hai.

pair mein loha dale
kaan mein patthar dhale
sochon ka hisaab ruke
sikke ka hisaab chale
aur main aadi-ant mein banata
maans kee ek aish tre
ilahaam ke dhuen se lekar
sigaret kee raakh tak
mainne jo fikr piye
unakee raakh jhaadee thee
tum bhee jhaad sakate ho

aur chaaho to maans kee
yah aish tre mez par sajao
ya gaandhee, loothar aur kainedee kahakar
chaaho to tod sakate ho –

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By: Amrita Pritam

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