This is a translation of a Hindi poem I wrote in May 2004 …
Dusk was approaching the city covered by lights,
there was commotion all around, hustle in someone’s mind.
Shadows cast by dark clouds encroached upon the sunlight,
as he kept walking on a path that had been nothing but unkind.
An ordinary man, he traveled on the less often traveled paths,
but his destination was in someone’s arms, his love.
He took a detour towards darkness,to face the path’s wrath,
as he could sense her fragrance from that road,feel her love.
Blinded in love,darkness tried but invain to be an impediment,
only to find his march getting swifter, and his breath quicker.
Then lightning struck, halting his life long journey in a moment,
It was not fear but the sight of a tear,the momentary glimpse of her.
The moon was now out in the sky, clouds had been banished from there,
the only noise that could be heard was of the silence that lat around.
there was a slight breeze,as their breath caused ripples in the air,
Frigid weather,the only warmth they got was from the heated ground ..
there was only one heart beating maybe,between the two bodies,
faith was flowing between them,the depth seen in their eyess.
filling each other in love’s embrace, they sat beneath the trees,
with a haggard body,she placed his head gently on her thighs.
She played with his hair,talking not in words but mischievous signs,
hiding the plethora of thorns that lay pierced in her,under a smile.
He had always known her plight,knew she had endured great pains,
but he kept mum, to make the mesmerizing moment last for a while.
The last expression on their face was that of a contended smile,
as their heartbeats lowered becoming heavier in every breath.
I know not for sure, maybe some tears were shed that day,
maybe those few moments turned eternal,filling life’s dearth.
maybe the hearts had succumbed that day,stopped beating,
maybe two souls had joined as one and left the world that night.
Shayad us raat ko….
Din ke teesre pehar ka anth tha, roshini se dhake us shehar mein,
charoon aur chahel pehal thi,shor macha tha kisi ke mann mein
aaftab chup raha tha,ghane baadaloon ki chaon mein
Ek umr lamba safar tai kar raha tha wo,nirdayi rahoon pe.
ek samanya rahi hi tha magar asaamanya raahoon pe,
manzil uski alag thi,door kisi ki baahoon mein.
Ek mod mud gaya vo,chal pada andhere ki oor,
Kareeb kahin thi wo, hawa ki lehron mein ehsaas tha uska.
Andhera ghana tha,par kab gavara thi roshni us ulfat ke andhe ko,
Uski dhadkannein badh rahi thi,kadamoon mein furti bhar rahi thi.
Achanak bijli kadki,aur uski dhadkan jaise tham si gayi,
vo saamne khadi thi uske,aankhoon mein nami bhi thi
mahtaab ab benakaab ho raha tha,shor bhi jaise sirf sannate ka tha,
pavan to beh rahi thi magar,sirf unke saansoon mein.
Ek dil dhadak raha tha,shayad do jismoon ke beech,
Ek vishwas beh raha tha,un aankhoon ke beech.
baith gaye pedon ke neeche vo,pyaar ki baahoon mein,
thaka hua tha wo,aur let gaya tha uski goad mein.
Khel rahi thi uske baalon se,aur baatein kar rahi thi nat khat isshaaroon se,
hasi thi khili hui thi chehre pe,kai chube hue kaante chupaye the usne aanchal mein.
Wo jaanta tha ki dard tha, chupa hua uske dil mein,
par kuch na kehna chahta tha wo,anoothe us ek pal mein.
Ek halki si muskaan aane lagi unke hoonthoon pe,dhadkanein ab bhaari hone lagi thi,
kuch ashq vida hue the shayad us raat ko,kuch lamhe ek sadi bane the shayad us raat ko,
dhadkanein duniya ke sitamoon ke bhaar tale dab gayi thi shayad us raat ko,
do roohein ek ho chod chali thi sansaar, shayad us raat ko…