Mehrban Hun Main, Mujhe Na-Mehrban Samjha Hai Tu
I took a knife away from you and you shriek.
I am kind, but you thought I was being unkind.
Chubh Na Jaye Dekhna! Bareek Hai Nauk-e-Qalam
Then you will lie there and cry, you who have just arrived in this world of sorrow.
Make sure it does not prick you! The tip of the pen is so slender.
Khail Iss Kaghaz Ke Tukre Se, Ye Be-Azaar Hai
Ah! Why are you so fond of a thing which will give you pain?
Play with this piece of paper—that is harmless.
Woh Zara Sa Janwar Toota Huwa Hai Jis Ka Sar
Where is your ball? Where is your china cat?
That little animal with the broken head?
Ankh Khulte Hi Chamak Utha Sharar-e-Arzu
Your mirror was free from the dust of desire.
As soon as your eyes opened, the spark of desire shone out.
Teri Soorat Arzu Bhi Teri Nauzaeeda Hai
It is hidden in the movement of your hands, in the way you see.
Like you, your desire is also new‐born.
Teri Ankhon Par Haweda Hai Magar Qudrat Ka Raaz
Your life is free of the prison of discretion.
Perhaps the secret of nature is manifest to your eyes.
Kya Tamasha Hai Raddi Kaghaz Se Mann Jata Hai Tu
When you are angry with me about something, you shriek.
What a sight! You are made happy with a piece of waste‐paper!
Tu Talawwan Ashna, Main Bhi Talawwan Ashna
In this habit, I am in harmony with you.
You are capricious; I am also capricious.
Jald Aa Jata Hai Gussa, Jald Mann Jata Hun Main
I am given to the joys of momentary pleasure; I shriek as well.
I am quickly moved to anger; I am quickly consoled.
Kam Nahin Kuch Teri Nadani Se Nadani Meri
My eyes are enchanted with all the beauty they see before them.
My foolishness is no less than yours.
Dekhne Ko Naujawan Hun, Tifl-e-Nadan Main Bhi Hun
Like you, I sometimes weep; and sometimes I laugh.
I appear to be a foolish adolescent, but I am also a baby!