February 28, 2015

Brown Penny

I whispered, "I am too young,"
And then, "I am old enough";
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
"Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair."
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

--- William Butler Yeats

February 24, 2015

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.

--- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

February 8, 2015

खाली पड़ा था दिल

खाली पड़ा था दिल का मकान आप के बग़ैर
बेरंग सा था सारा जहां आपके बग़ैर

फूलों में चांदनी में धनक में घटाओं में
पहले ये दिलकशी थी कहाँ आपके बग़ैर

साहिल को इंतज़ार है मुद्दत से आपका
रुक सी गयी है मौज-ए-रवां आपके बग़ैर

हर सिम्त बेरुख़ी की है चादर तनी हुई
किस पर करें वफ़ा का गुमां आपके बग़ैर

ख़ामोशियों को जैसे ज़ुबां मिल गयी ‘क़तील’
महफ़िल में ज़िन्दगी थी कहाँ आपके बग़ैर

---क़तील शिफ़ाई

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