She writes Faiz on my arms

Her name i felt on fingertips
across oceans and seas
Faiz came on her lips

“aur kya dekhne ko baaqi

aapse dil lagake dekh liye”

Sun shone on those
golden streaked tresses
i was mooring in the moonlight
my words arranged into  ع ش ق
she lisped Faiz

“aur bhi dukh hain zamane mein muhabbat ke siva
raahatein aur bhi hain vasl ki rahat ke siva”

In the twilight
she whispered laughter
in my ears
it felt spring
i looked for Faiz and he said,

“gulon mein rang bhare baade nov bahar chale
chale bhi aao ki gulshan ka karobaar chale”

|In the warmth of her embrace
the world for one moment
ceased to exist,
she wrote Faiz on my arms

“saari duniya se duur ho jaaye
jo zara tere paas ho bethe”

In the siege
when her name
i read like a rosary
my voice choked by terror
she sent Faiz as a prayer,

“bol ki lab azaad hain tere
bol zabaa ab tak teri hai”

Now when i read Faiz
he’s no stranger
but he has become
the language of beloved

“aaiye haath uthaaeein hum bhi
hum jinhn rasm-e-dua yaad nahi
hum jinhein soz-e-muhabbat ke siva”

koi but, koi khuda yaad nahi”


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