तू इश्क़ तो कर

जब आदत हो मैख़ाने की
गंगा घाट पे शक़ तो होगा ना
जब आदत हो वीराने की
महफ़िल में ज़ुल्म तो होगा ना

यूँ ही थम जा और बैठ ज़रा

हर आदत को बेग़ाना कर

कुछ अपनी कह कुछ मेरी सुन

बेहासिल ही सही…तू इश्क़ तो कर

Good-bye

Someone please stop the falling of sand

Through the cruel hourglass of time

Hold the winds and silence the waves

Make this pause only mine

I have to remember so many

People, places, smells and sights

Taste of salt in the air I breathed

All of my living and it’s many delights

Remember my love

Enduring and sweet

How the lamp shone through

Morning’s fog on my street

Remember the family

that my blood bound

And the one just as precious

That the soul found

I don’t want to take anything with me

I travel light as you can see

Let me linger just a breath or two more

To say my good-bye and set you free

Nothing special and yet

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The reds and golds on brilliant display

The sky ablaze with little disdain

The untiring whirling of the earth

The sun lays down for the moon again

Fill my cup with old wine and silence

Mark this day so I won’t ever forget

Hopes and dreams and laughter

No, today is nothing special, and yet…

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