pakistan

Earthquake

vekho gazab khuda da, ye earthquake sarhad ka adab nahi karte
thehro bhai ji, maaf karna mainu khulli gall punjabi karni paini ai

passport vakhende nai
na visa mangde

pairaN hethoN nikal ke sirr te aa jaande ne
nai mazhab kumazahbon jaat kujaaton sangde

application dende koi nayi
daskhat order vehnde koi nayi

kar kurbanian peerhio peerhi thok usaari saadi hasti
modha maar ke dha jaande ne
vekho gazab khuda da

Mohammed Hanif reciting the poem at Jaipur Literature Festival 2012

Najam Hussain Syed  has written poetry , criticism and plays in Punjabi. He is considered pioneer of the modern Punjabi literature.

ਸਿਤਾਰੋਂ ਸੇ ਆਗੇ ਜਹਾਂ ਔਰ ਭੀ ਹੈਂ

ਤੂ ਸ਼ਾਹੀਂ ਹੈ ਪਰਵਾਜ਼ ਹੈ ਕਾਮ ਤੇਰਾ
ਤੇਰੇ ਸਾਮਨੇ ਆਸਮਾਂ ਔਰ ਭੀ ਹੈਂ
ਇਸ ਰੋਜ਼-ਓ-ਸ਼ਬ ਮੇਂ ਉਲਝਕਰ ਨ ਰਿਹ ਜਾ
ਕਿ ਤੇਰੇ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ-ਓ-ਮਕਾਂ ਔਰ ਭੀ ਹੈਂ
ਸਿਤਾਰੋਂ ਸੇ ਆਗੇ ਜਹਾਂ ਔਰ ਭੀ ਹੈਂ
ਅਭੀ ਇਸ਼ਕ ਕੇ ਇਮਤਹਾਂ ਔਰ ਭੀ ਹੈਂ

ਸ਼ਾਹੀਂ — ਬਾਜ਼, ਰੋਜ਼-ਓ-ਸ਼ਬ –ਦਿਨ-ਰਾਤ

You are a falcon, it is your nature to fly
For you there are other skies beyond this sky
Don’t let the web of dawns and dusks enmesh you
For you have other lives,other goal to pursue
Beyond these starts are worlds yet to unearth
There are more trials of love to test your worth.
[ English translation by Khushwant Singh ]

This Urdu Poem is written by Muhammad Iqbal, A great Urdu poet of 20’th century , He was a staunch Islamist and supporter of separate muslim state ( Pakistan ) during Indian independence struggle from the British Empire . He is considered Shayar-e-Mashriq (Poet of the East ) in <a Literary world .