Darpan hai wo, mera pratibimb hai
Kaise chunun kis shakshiyat ko
Bas yehi toh mere jeevan ki dor hai.
Kuch achha idhar hai, kuch accha udhar
Kuch bura idhar hai, kuch bura udhar
Aur is idhar udhar k chakkar mei
Sab bera-gark hai.
Kaha tha us ko ek baar
Kaidd kar k rakh lena
Kabhi jaane na dena
Par sabki apni zindagi hai
Koi kisi ka kabhi thode hi hai
Na kabhi ban sakega
Na main aur na wo khud.
Prerana leni hai tujhse
Sikhna hai bahut kuch ab bhi
Har sambhav koshish karte rehna hai mujhko
Zindagi k palon ko ullas mei jo tabdil karna hai.
Kar sakungi kya
Kya itni himmat hai mujh mei
Talaab k us paar jaane par bhi
Kahin patthar hi toh na milenge.
Sab kuch bas ek soch hai
Jeevan ki ek kashish hai.
Yun aate hain bas yaad kisi k shabd aaj
Ki zindagi ek safar hai bas sifar se sifar tak.
Added February 13, 2014:
Why did I call my poem ‘Saaki’? The metamorphic reference as per some Hindi songs, of course, means a lover. However, the actual meaning of the word is a bar girl who serves drinks. And in the context of the poem, I am sitting in a bar, drinking, with no one at my side and in that state, to her, I dedicate this piece.