Nature has played a strange and wanton joke—
Raaz Uss Ki Nigah Se Chupaya
Making man a seeker of secrets,
But hiding the secrets from his view!
Khulta Nahin Bhaid Zindagi Ka
The urge for knowledge gives him no rest,
But the secret of life remains undiscovered.
Aaeene Ke Ghar Mein Aur Kya Hai
Wonder is at the beginning and the end—
What else is there in this house of mirrors?
Darya Sooye Behr Jadah Pema
The wave of the river glides along,
The river follows its course to the ocean,
Shanon Pe Uthaye La Rahi Hai
The wind sweeps the clouds along,
Bearing them on its shoulders,
Zindan-e-Falak Mein Pa Ba Zanjeer
The stars are drunk with the wine of fate,
And lie chained in the sky’s prison;
Lane Wala Pyam-e-‘Barkhaiz’
The sun, a worshipper who gets up at dawn,
And calls out the message ‘Arise!’,
Peeta Hai Mai-e-Shafaq Ka Saghar
Is hiding in the western hills,
Drinking a cup of reddish wine.
Sarmast-e-Mai-e-Namood Har Shay
All things delight in their very existence,
They are drunk with the wine of being.
Kya Talkh Hai Rozgar-e-Insan!
But there is no one to drive away his sorrow—
How bitter are the days of man!