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mitr ke prati – a poem by Nirala

(1)

kahate ho, ‘‘neeras yah
band karo gaan-
kahaan chhand, kahaan bhaav,
kahaan yahaan praan ?
tha sar praacheen saras,
saaras-hanson se hans;
vaarij-vaarij mein bas
raha vivash pyaar;
jal-tarang dhvani; kalakal
baja tat-mrdang sadal;
paingen bhar pavan kushal
gaatee mallaar.’’

(2)

saty, bandhu saty; vahaan
nahin arr-barr;
nahin vahaan bhek, vahaan
nahin tarr-tarr.
ek yaheen aath pahar
bahee pavan hahar-hahar,
tapa tapan, thahar-thahar
sajal kan ude;
gaye sookh bhare taal,
hue rookh hare shaal,
haay re, mayoor-vyaal
poonchh se jude!

(3)

dekhe kuchh isee samay
drshy aur-aur
isee jvaal se lahare
hare thaur-thaur ?
nootan pallav-dal, kali,
mandalaate vyaakul ali
tanu-tan par jaate bali
baar-baar haar;
bahee jo suvaas mand
madhur bhaar-bharan-chhand
milee nahin tumhen, band
rahe, bandhu, dvaar?

(4)

isee samay jhukee aamr-
shaakha phal-bhaar
milee nahin kya jab yah
dekha sansaar?
usake bheetar jo stav,
suna nahin koee rav?
haay daiv, dav-hee-dav
bandhu ko mila!
kuharit bhee pancham svar,
rahe band karn-kuhar,
man par praacheen muhar,
hrday par shila!

(5)

socho to, kya thee vah
bhaavana pavitr,
bandha jahaan bhed bhool
mitr se amitr.
tumheen ek rahe mod
mukh, priy, priy mitr chhod;
kaho, kaho, kahaan hod
jahaan jod, pyaar?
isee roop mein rah sthir,
isee bhaav mein ghir-ghir,
karoge apaar timir-
saagar ko paar?

(6)

bahee bandhu, vaayu prabal
jo, na bandh sakee;
dekhate thake tum, bahatee
na vah na thakee.
samajho vah pratham varsh,
ruka nahin mukt harsh,
yauvan durdharsh karsh-
marsh se lada;
oopar madhyaahn tapan
tapa kiya, san-san-san
hila-jhuka taru aganan
bahee vah hava.

(7)

uda dee gayee jo, vah bhee
gayee uda,
jalee huee aag kaho,
kab gayee juda?
jo the praacheen patr
jeern-sheern nahin chhatr,
jhade hue yatr-tatr
pade hue the,
unheen se apaar pyaar
bandha hua tha asaar,
mila duhkh niraadhaar
tumhen isalie.

(8)

bahee tod bandhan
chhandon ka nirupaay,
vahee kiya kee phir-phir
hava ‘haay-haay’.
kamare mein, madhy yaam,
karate tab tum viraam,
rachate athava lalaam
gataalok lok,
vah bhram marupath par kee
yahaan-vahaan vyast phiree,
jala shok-chihn, diya
rang vitap ashok.

(9)

karatee vishraam, kaheen
nahin mila sthaan,
andh-pragati bandh kiya
sindhu ko prayaan;
utha uchch oormi-bhang-
sahasa shat-shat tarang,
kshubdh, lubdh, neel-ang-
avagaahan-snaan,
kiya vahaan bhee durdam
dekh taree vighn visham,
ulat diya arthaagam
banakar toophaan.

(10)

huee aaj shaant, praapt
kar prashaant-vaksh;
nahin traas, atah mitr,
nahin ‘raksh, ‘raksh’.
ude hue the jo kan,
utare pa shubh varshan,
shukti ke hrday se ban
mukta jhalake;
lakho, diya hai pahana
kisane yah haar bana
bhaarati-ur mein apana,
dekh drg thake!

mitr ke prati

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