A long, long time ago, someone told me to try my hand at poetry. But considerate as I am, I deigned it best not to make the frugal few who endure my prose suffer my attempts at poetry too!
Very recently though, I came across a few pieces of Javed Akhtar’s verse. They were poignantly exquisite, too wonderful to not share.
So, here is one of those pieces for your indulgence too;
Ek baat honthon tak hai jo aayi nahi, bas aankhon se hai jhaankti
Tumse kahbi, mujhse kabhi, kuch lafz hai woh maangti.
Jinko pehan ke honthon tak aa jaaye woh,
Aaawaaz ki baahon mein baahein daal ke ithlaaye woh.
Lekin jo yeh ek baat hai, ehsaas hi ehsaas hai
Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairtee, khushboo jo be-aawaaz hai.
Jiska pata tumko bhi hai, jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai
Duniya se bhi chupta nahin, yeh jaane kaisa raaz hai...