Arbab-e-Nazar Se Nahin Poshida Koi Raaz
The versed in this world’s business I am not,
There are shrewd folk who always know what’s what.
Dastoor Naya, Aur Naye Dour Ka Aghaz
Swim with the tide, flatter Their Excellencies
Of the new dispensation that commences!
Keh De Koi Allu Ko Agar ‘Raat Ka Shahbaz’!
Would it be more vicarious, or—polite,
I wonder, to call an owl ‘the falcon of the night’?