Ghar

Jahaan aaj bhi gudiyaaon se khelti hoon mein.

Jahaan buzurgi mai khoobsurti dhoondhti hoon mein.

Jahaan Jhelum ke kinaare baith apna maazi jeeti hoon mein.

Jahaan zakhmon se karna bas mohobbat seekhti hoon mein.

Jahaan khoon se lipti muskuraahaton ko dekhti roti hoon mein.

Jahaan mustaqbil zaeef ki duaaon main dhoondhti hoon mein.

Jahaan kafan bhi zarbaaf ka bunti hoon mein.

Jahaan paaashaai mukhdoom ki parbat se dekhti hoon mein.

Jahaan khushboo zafrani hawaaon main soonghti hoon mein.

Jahaan mohammad ko sunn shankar se milti hoon mein.

Haan, uss ghar ko Kashmir kehti hoon mein.

 

Iram wrote this poem at her home in New Delhi through her pen of nostalgia after reading Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s poem ‘I see Kashmir through New Delhi at Midnight’.She reflects on the feeling called ‘home’ and her views through these contrasting elements.

Some Urdu word meanings and references :

Maazi- past

Mustaqbil – future

Zaeef – elderly

Zarbaaf – cloth similar to brocade

Paashai – Chhatti Paashai Gurudwara in Kashmir

Mukhdoom – Shrine of Mukhdoom Sahib in Kashmir

Parbat – Hari Parbat in Kashmir

Zafran – Saffron fields of Kashmir

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Azaad kaun hai?

Azaad kaun hai?

Ek vaishya jo jism faroshi karti hai, 

Ya phir woh, jo libaas ka sahara liye khud ko dhakti hai?

 

Azaad kaun hai?

Ek parinda jo behadd ooncha parvaaz karta hai,

Ya phir woh, jo pinjarey mein beth daane ko nahin tarasta hai?

 

Azaad kaun hai?

Ek ameer jo keechadd ki chheeton se larazz uthta hai,

Ya phir woh gareeb, jo uss keechadd ke rang ko bekauf apne pairon se malta hai?

 

Azaad kaun hai? 

Woh kaidi jo apne mann ki kiye, salaakhon ke peechhe din guzarta hai,

Ya phir woh insaan, jo zeher ke ghoonth piye wahi gunah karne se katrata hai?

 

Azaad kaun hai?

Woh mehboob jisse kissi se bhi bistar baantney ki ijazat ho,

Ya phir woh, jisse khud ko kabhi bhi kamzor dikhane se hichkichahat na ho?

 

Azaad kaun hai?

Woh Kashmir jo khoon main lipta ek ke baad ek jaan qurbaan karta hai,

Ya phir woh Hindustan, jo besabri se bas behtari ki raah ko taktaa hai?