(Makhooz - Bachon Ke Liye)
A Mother’s Dream
(Adopted For Children From William Cowper)
Barha Aur Jis Se Mera Iztarab
As I slept one night I saw this dream
Which further increased my vexation
Andhera Hai Aur Rah Milti Nahin
I dreamt I was going somewhere on the way
Dark it was and impossible to find the way
Qadam Ka Tha Dehshat Se Uthna Mahal
Trembling all over with fear I was
Difficult to take even a step with fear was
To Dekha Qitar Aik Larkon Ki Thi
With some courage as I forward moved
I saw some boys as lined in nice array
Diye Sub Ke Hathon Mein Jalte Huay
Dressed in emerald‐like raiment they were
Carrying lighted lamps in their hands they were
Khuda Jane Jana Tha Un Ko Kahan
They were going quietly behind each other
No one knew where they were to go
Mujhe Uss Jamat Mein Aya Nazar
Involved in this thought was I
When in this troupe my son saw I
Diya Uss Ke Hathon Mein Jalta Na Tha
He was walking at the back, and was not walking fast
The lamp he had in his hand was not lighted
Mujhe Chor Ker Aa Gye Tum Kahan?
Recognizing him I said “O My dear!
Where have you come leaving me there?
Paroti Hun Her Rouz Ashkon Ke Haar
Restless due to separation I am
Weeping every day for ever I am
Gye Chor, Achi Wafa Tum Ne Ki!
You did not care even a little for me
What loyalty you showed, you left me”!
Diya Uss Ne Munh Phair Ker Yun Jawab
As the child saw the distress in me
He replied thus, turning around to me
Nahin Uss Mein Kuch Bhi Bhalai Meri
“The separation from me makes you cry
Not least little good does this to me”
Diya Phir Dikha Ker Ye Kehne Laga
He remained quiet for a while after talking
Showing me the lamp then he started talking
Tere Aanasuon Ne Bhujaya Issay!
“Do you understand what happened to this?
Your tears have extinguished this”!